Wed. Apr 17th, 2024

The NSW Government is continuing work to provide diversionary pathways for ‘at risk’ young people across NSW, with the launch of Project Pathfinder yesterday in Moree. 

Project Pathfinder is a partnership between the NSW Police Force, National Rugby League (NRL) and Youth Justice NSW, and will provide at risk teenagers from regional areas with mentorships and opportunities to reach their potential. 

“Project Pathfinder is an innovative example of how the Government can work with community partners to support young people stay on the right track and pursue their goals.” said Premier Chris Minns. 

The program will see young people provided with unique access to the NRL environment and an NRL mentor to support and engage with their families. 

Three teenagers from Bourke, Lightning Ridge and Moree have recently completed the pilot program and will be recognised for their selection and efforts at the program launch today. 

They have already met their mentors, set goals with appointed NSW Police Force Youth Engagement Officers and attended last month’s NRL Multicultural Round. 

Following the launch today the NRL will also host a skills clinic for local Moree public schools at Boughton Oval, with the help of NRL and NRLW players Latrell Mitchell, Cody Walker, Quincy Dodd and Rhiannon Byers. 

“Rugby League is more than just a sport. It changes lives for the better.” said Australian Rugby League Chairman Peter V’landys AM. 

“The players know how important their role is in society and it is always great to see the impact they make.” 

“Project Pathfinder is an important initiative designed to turn the lives of at-risk youths around through mentorship and leadership.” 

“I’m very proud of the role which Rugby League plays in society and this is another great example.” 

Today’s launch follows the Government’s March announcement of a $26.2 million package of reforms and initiatives to support community safety and wellbeing in regional NSW, with a focus on strengthening early intervention and prevention programs for young people. 

Work has commenced in concert with the Moree community to progress local reforms and programs, with rollout expected to commence in the coming months. 

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