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Media release: Greens throw support behind Reclink

Australian Greens Leader Senator Richard Di Natale today announced a funding commitment worth $4 million over four years for a new Reclink national program targeting regional and rural communities.

Reclink Australia is pleased to receive the support of the Greens in a partnership targeting assistance to sports and recreation programs in regional and rural communities with higher levels of disadvantage.

In making his announcement Senator Di Natale said, “In addition to the Community Sports initiative, Funding the Reclink model is a prudent investment in building capacity in regional and rural communities to better respond to the needs of thousands of young people experiencing disadvantage.”

Reclink Australia CEO John Ballis thanked Senator Di Natale and the Australian Greens, acknowledging their ongoing support for Reclink’s national program.

“This funding from the Greens will allow Reclink to provide thousands of participant opportunities for those experiencing disadvantage in rural and regional communities,” Mr Ballis said.

“Reclink Australia’s unique culture, focusing on personal outcomes, respecting individual choice and supporting people to exercise their human rights and enjoy valued roles in their communities, positions us well to contribute to such improvements.”

The Green’s commitment follows recommendations by a Senate Select Committee chaired by Senator Di Natale that the Government immediately reinstate funding for Reclink’s National Program.

Reclink Australia is a not-for-profit organisation whose aim is to enhance the lives of people experiencing disadvantage or facing significant barriers to participation, through providing new and unique sports and arts opportunities and specialist recreation programs.

Contact Reclink Australia Media and Communications Manager Ben O’Halloran: 0490 333 155

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