Harriet Shing, Member for Eastern Victoria region, announced $402,735 funding for six Gippsland organisations under the Andrews Labor Government’s 2016-18 FReeZA program.

The FReeZA program gives young people the chance to grow industry contacts, gain practical experience and develop career opportunities in the industry.

Participants in the program gain valuable skills and experience with the added bonus that the whole community can access great free, fully supervised drug, alcohol and smoke-free local events.

The following organisations received grants:

  • Bass Coast – YMCA Coast Productions YMCA FReeZA – $73,500
  • East Gippsland Shire Council – East Gippsland FReeZA – $73,500
  • Headspace Morwell (Baw Baw) – Baw Baw FReeZA HYPE – $35,235
  • Headspace Morwell (Latrobe) – Latrobe FReeZA HYPE – $73,500
  • South Gippsland Shire Council – Made in South Gippsland – $73,500
  • Wellington Shire Council – Mixed Bag – $73,500

The Andrews Labor Government has provided $7.2 million over the next three years for the FReeZA program, including $5.4 million in grants.

Quotes attributed to Member for Harriet Shing, member for Eastern Victoria Region

“We are proud to support the many young people who organise these events all over Gippsland. In making industry connections and exploring future job opportunities, they are also following their passions and giving back to the community.”

“The young people who help to organise these music and cultural events are also building their experience, confidence and skills at the same time.”

“We are making Victoria the Education State – this means engaging young people from all over Victoria in activities that boost their social engagement and learning through practical experience, networking and building skills.”