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NOTHING BUT NET – NEW BASKETBALL PROGRAM FOR PALMO YOUTH

The Territory Labor Government is investing in a new after-hours initiative in Palmerston to keep kids off the streets and provide safe and inclusive activities to keep them on track for a positive future.

Member for Brennan and Assistant Minister for Sports Tony Sievers said $30,000 will be provided to the Palmerston and Regional Basketball Association (PaRBA) to deliver regular sports programs including “Street Basketball” in the Palmerston suburbs.

“Territorians deserve a government that puts them first and listens before taking decisive action,” Mr Sievers said.

“We know that the community of Palmerston have been asking for more after-hours activities as it is a proven way to keep kids off the streets and out of trouble.

“Palmerston’s Youth Outreach Officers will be involved in this initiative to ensure that it can be more than just something fun for kids to do.

“The Youth Outreach Officers will help facilitate links to other service providers, make assessment for referrals and provide support to young people and their families.”

The program will offer a daily sports program at the Palmerston Recreation Centre every weekday for 12 months, as well as an eight week trail of a Saturday night “Street Basketball” in the Palmerston Suburbs to start at the end of this month.

Mr Sievers said the project is a positive outcome for everyone that has been involved from the Palmerston community.

“I’m thrilled to see this project come to fruition as it is an initiative that has been a collective effort of the Territory Government, PaRBA, City of Palmerston, Grassroots Action Palmerston (GAP), Larrakia Nation, Danila Dilba, NT Police, DCM and Territory Families’ Youth Outreach team,” Mr Sievers said.

Media contact: Laetitia Lemke 0418 973 602