Backing Multicultural Young People | Constituency Question

Ms VAGHELA (Western Metropolitan) (12:49): My constituency question is directed to the Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Minister for Community Sport and Minister for Youth, the Honourable Ros Spence. My question relates to the minister’s portfolio responsibilities of youth. The Andrews Labor government is backing multicultural young people with more opportunities to develop their skills and come together through sport. A total of $450,000 in funding has been announced for sporting organisations that deliver mentoring and skill-building activities for African and Muslim young people. This includes $150,000 each for the Bachar Houli Foundation, Western Bulldogs Community Foundation and the Huddle. All three of these foundations promote the skills and values to empower a new group of young leaders in our community. My question to the minister is: can the minister provide an update on how youth from multicultural communities in Western Metropolitan Region will benefit from these programs? Young people from Victoria’s multicultural and faith communities have faced significant challenges during the coronavirus pandemic. With investments like these, the Labor government is ensuring young people can recover stronger than ever.