More than $150,000 will go towards upgrades of the Toormina Skate Park from the NSW Government.
Get Connected is a project aimed to steer disadvantaged young people in Coffs Harbour away from crime.
Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser and Attorney General Mark Speakman said Get Connected will be funded by the $10 million NSW Community Safety Fund.
Mid Coast Communities will work with local Aboriginal youth and other vulnerable young people to encourage healthy living, build self-esteem and develop skills.
“Local young people will take part in arts, sports and leadership programs in a safe and positive environment,” Mr Fraser said.
“The project will provide positive role models for Aboriginal participants and help them to develop greater awareness of their cultural identity.”
The not-for-profit organisation with more than 40 years of experience in bringing out the best in youth from disadvantaged communities, including people from Aboriginal backgrounds.
“Nurturing young people who have had few opportunities in life can have huge social and economic benefits for the community,” Mr Fraser said.
New gym equipment and footpaths will be installed at Toormina Skate Park to attract more visitors, including families who previously avoided the area due to safety concerns.
The facilities will be in addition to new CCTV and lighting at the park that is being funded by a separate program announced by Coffs Harbour City Council last year.
“Both upgrades will deter criminal activity, make it harder for offenders to avoid detection and assist police in gathering evidence,” Mr Fraser said.
“Unfortunately, the skate park has become a crime hot spot with reports of vandalism, assaults and drug use, so these projects are vital for the community to reclaim ownership of this important asset.”
The NSW Community Safety Fund helps non-government organisations, councils and community groups deliver projects to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.
“Any project that empowers young people to get their lives back on track is an investment in driving down crime and improving community safety,” Mr Speakman said.