Member for Richmond Justine Elliot today announced the Rudd Government is delivering more than $410,000 on the North Coast for five local organisations.

The Family Centre in Tweed Heads South is receiving $143,500 for the REAL Skills project, to assist Tweed Shire adolescents aged 11 to 16 years.

Pottsville Beach Neighbourhood Centre is receiving $82,000 to co-ordinate family and community support activities in the Pottsville area.

Byron Youth Service is receiving $82,000 for the Byron Youth Enterprise Centre, which provides hands-on enterprise projects for young people.

The Ballina-Byron Family Centre is receiving $86,377 for the Fellas Family Project, which enhances the parenting skills of fathers and expectant fathers and increases the self-esteem and relationship skills of boys aged 11 to 16 years.

The Fatherhood Project is receiving $16,400 for their project Bootcamp for New and Expectant Dads, a mentoring scheme and skilling-up program for expectant and new fathers in the Byron and Lismore shires.

Mrs Elliot said these local organisations delivered each project in response to community needs, such as early intervention parenting support, support for volunteering and mentoring, camps for young people or family and community support activities.

These five projects are among more than 220 community projects across Australia to share in $19.6 million.

“The Rudd Government values the enormous contribution made by these projects to local communities and this funding will enable this good work to continue,” Justine said.

“We know that by working with organisations with local knowledge and links we can help build a stronger community and support local families in need.

“This funding will help these important local organisations to deliver quality services over the next 12 months.”

A full list of the projects is available at www.fahcsia.gov.au