Coun­cil de­lays new Don Bosco con­tract

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

PEN­RITH Coun­cil will pro­vide $33,200 to the Don Bosco Cen­tre, St Marys, but has de­layed a new five-year con­tract for fu­ture fund­ing.

The grant was the fi­nal year of a five-year agree­ment to fund free com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties.

A new con­tract was de- layed for a year to give coun­cil and Don Bosco staff time to “re­view ser­vice de­liv­ery, at­ten­dance num­ber and re­new strate­gies”.

The Sale­sians of Don Bosco have a 75-year lease on the St Marys land, where they have cre­ated a recre­ational and so­cial cen­tre.

The cen­tre web­site says Fri­day night ses­sions are closed due to poor at­ten­dance. The coun­cil youth de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer will work with the cen­tre to de­velop promo ma­te­ri­als, pro­mote to school groups and en­cour­age youth in­volve­ment in lead­er­ship ac­tiv­i­ties.

The cen­tre of­fers re­cre­ation and so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties.

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