Shining light on the Greater Shepparton Lighthouse Project26/04/2018
Identifying and supporting place-based programs that are improving support to vulnerable young people and their families, and keeping young people engaged, was a top priority for the Goulburn Regional Partnership when it presented to the Rural and Regional Ministerial Committee in February 2017, following the region’s first Assembly.
In May 2017, the Greater Shepparton Lighthouse Project received $3 million in the State Budget.
The Lighthouse Project is a place-based initiative that aims to support the wellbeing of, and outcomes for, young people in the City of Greater Shepparton. The Project has 340 volunteers and 20 business partners committed to a 20-year plan to improve education and other outcomes for the area’s young people; and engages with parents, young people, residents, community leaders, government, funders, thought leaders and academics.
The Project includes mapping existing services, promoting integrated service delivery and growing the community’s aspiration to bring about lasting change so that more children are ready for school, transition successfully to secondary school, are healthy and happy in their teens, complete Year 12, and transition to work or further study.
Funding from the Victorian Government means more support for children in the region to be school-ready, resilient, healthy and happy, explains David McKenzie, Goulburn Partnership Chair.
For more information about the Greater Shepparton Lighthouse Project and its initiatives, click here.