Media Release by The Hon John Cobb MP

Mudgee youth Reconnect

The Minister for Community Services, John Cobb, will today visit the Mudgee Reconnect Service, which is supporting young people who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness to reconcile with their family and create ties to their local community.

Mudgee Reconnect services covers Mudgee, Rylstone and Coolah. Mudgee and Rylstone Shires were recently amalgamated to become Mid Western Regional LGA.

‘Through offering counselling, telephone support, family mediation, referral and information services, Mudgee Reconnect is helping to re-engage young people in the community,’ Mr Cobb said.

‘The Mudgee Reconnect Service, operated by Barnardos, works directly with young people aged 12 to 18 and their families.

‘This organisation is taking an active role in the Mudgee community to develop youth programs, such as mentoring and a Girls’ Group, and is working to strengthen relationships with local schools and community groups.

‘I commend the Mudgee Reconnect Service for its excellent work to help local young people communicate and re-establish connections with their families and the local community.

‘The Australian Government’s funding of these services demonstrates its commitment to helping young people stay connected with their families and communities,’ Mr Cobb said.

Reconnect aims to break the cycle of homelessness, which can begin at an early age, by delivering support and assistance to young people in need, by providing counselling, mediation and practical support to the whole family.