Abbott Government unsettles local youths in Bankstown

Just before Christmas the Abbott Government advised local community organisation, Bankstown Multicultural Youth Service that it will no longer receive funding for Settlement Services to assist newly arrived youths.

This $88,000 funding cut will mean that Bankstown Multicultural Youth Service will no longer be able to provide employment readiness programs and other support to help newly arrived young people get a job and adapt to their new life in Australia.

Bankstown Multicultural Youth Service has run this program since 2009 and assists more than 230 young people each year. Now this will stop.

Mr Clare said this cut is counterproductive.

“Without this assistance it will be harder for newly arrived young people to get a job and become productive members of our community,” Mr Clare said.

Mary Malak, Manager at Bankstown Multicultural Youth Service said that without this funding, the programs currently helping newly arrived young people to learn about life in Australia will all be lost.

“We will no longer be able to address the barriers between newly arrived young people and other young people in the local area,” Ms Malak said.

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ISSUED: 16 FEBRUARY 2015