Saffin vows youth worker for park
FEDERAL Member for Page Janelle Saffin has promised $100,000 to fund a youth worker at the Goon-ellabah skate park if the Labor Party is re-elected on August 21.
Ms Saffin said the money would come through the Safer Suburbs Program and improve community safety after school hours, at weekends and during school holidays.
“The youth worker will help at-risk young people to stay on track with activities aimed at reducing the incidence of crime and anti-social behaviour,” Ms Saffin said.
“I asked the Lismore City Council to identify local priorities for crime prevention. This proposal for a youth worker at the Youth Plaza is consistent with what the community has told me it needs.”
Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell welcomed the announcement, saying the youth worker would help create ‘engagement and trust' with young people in Goonellabah.
“I think the kids will really benefit from having a youth worker around,” she said.
“It's important to make sure the park is safe.”
Cr Dowell said that the money would fund wages for a social worker, along with activities such as skating workshops and barbecues at the skate park in Oliver Avenue, adjoining the Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre.
Minister for Home Affairs Brendan O'Connor said the funding was a victory for local residents who had been campaigning for further community safety measures.
“Janelle Saffin has been working with local communities for the last three years to assist with crime prevention in the area and this project will help to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in Lismore,” Mr O'Connor said.
Nationals Page candidate Kevin Hogan said his party planned to make more announcements on local funding promises before the election.