A LOCAL partnership is one of eight projects named as recipients of $300,000 grants today. Medicare Local will provide $2.4 million to fund projects around Tasmania as part of its "Social Determinants of Health" program.
Funding of $300,000 each will be provided for projects in New Norfolk, Bridgewater, Gagebrook Wynyard, Devonport, Burnie and Ravenswood that aim to increase access to fresh, affordable food and increase engagement in education and training. The funding is being provided until June 2016 under the Australian Government’s Tasmanian Health Assistance Package.
The local project dubbed "Tree2Sea" is a partnership of the Derwent Valley Community House, New Norfolk High School, Derwent Valley Council, Derwent Valley Real Action Forward Thinking (RAFT) and Workskills Inc. Its aim will be to improve education retention, training, employment, social connectedness.
Tree2Sea will use boat building and the local environment to engage young people in further education and training in the area of boat building. Students from New Norfolk High School will construct kayaks and sailing boats and develop a social enterprise to increase well-being and employment skills. The project will provide opportunities in design, event organisation, marketing and environmental studies and is centred on local waterways.