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Moree Plains Shire Council welcomes the Australian Government’s announcement that funding of $2.1 million under the Indigenous Advancement Strategy will support the Moree Sports, Health, Arts and Education Academy to be located in Moree.


Mayor Cr Katrina Humphries was thrilled to receive news of the funding for the Academy. She said “it will provide a safe, after school learning space for young people, that will help improve social and health outcomes for our next generation.”


“Funding is being provided to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people stay engaged, complete their secondary school education and make a successful transition to higher education and the workforce,” said the Mayor.


The Academy project was the culmination of years of work by our community to address local needs of young Indigenous Australians in Moree.


The Academy will work with 100-150 local students in its first 12 months with plans to grow the intake in the coming years.


The Academy concept will be a real game changer for the Moree community and supports the Australian Government initiatives for healthy communities, and Closing the Gap; as well as the New South Wales (NSW) Government’s commitment for promoting healthy lifestyles, community connectedness and increasing participation in sport, recreational and cultural activities in rural NSW,” said the Mayor.


“The Australian Government’s initiatives to support healthy communities by providing these kinds of programs for youth in regional communities is vital for promoting long-term healthy and active lifestyles that will work towards closing the life expectancy gap for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people,” said the Mayor.





In July, Council kicked off its free Chat with Council BBQ initiative to provide an opportunity for community members across the Shire to meet with Council regarding community safety concerns.


Director of Planning and Community Development Angus Witherby said, “Earlier this year, we had a great response to a BBQ afternoon in relation to community concerns raised regarding rock throwing on the Moree Bypass. “Our discussions with community members on this occasion highlighted how affected community members were best placed to provide suggestions to Roads and Maritime Services, the police and Council in relation to this.


The next planned BBQ, in Apex Park saw a number of local business people find out about the Mobile Neighbourhood watch and how it can help monitor industrial and commercial areas.


Mr Witherby reflected, “Community safety is a Shire-wide concern so we decided to extend the program to other parts of the Shire. Unsurprisingly, we are finding that locals really understand the issues facing their patch and also have some innovative suggestions to address the concerns.”


Council’s first Chat with Council BBQ was held in Moree in July, with Ashley residents invited to come along and have a chat with Council about crime prevention this week.


Date: Wednesday 2 August 2017
Time: 3pm to 5pm
Place: Midkin Park, Ashley


Further Chat with Council BBQs are scheduled around the Shire as follows:


Wednesday 6 September – Moree, Kirkby Park
Wednesday 4 October – Mungindi, WH Smith Park
Wednesday 1 November – Moree, Jacaranda Park
Wednesday 6 December – Pallamallawa, Rigby Park


All Chat with Council BBQs will be held from 3pm to 5pm at the designated location. Mr Witherby said, “Families often have commitments in the evening – our BBQ initiative is aimed at encouraging community members who might be otherwise committed in the evenings to come along and have a chat.”


If you have any questions, please contact Council’s Community Projects Officer Jacqui Moore on 02 6757 3222 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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