Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards today announced the State Government has provided a $200,000 grant for CVGT Australia to help tackle youth crime and repeat offending in Bendigo.

CVGT Australia’s Second Chance program in Bendigo will support young people who have had contact with the youth justice system to address factors that often lead to reoffending.

The project will work with 40 young people aged 17 to 24 with an aim of getting at least 30 into jobs and 20 of those kept in those jobs for at least 26 weeks.

CVGT has also committed $75,000 to the project, which will kick off in September.

Bendigo West MP Maree Edwards said the program was important because it took a co-operative approach to providing integrated support for young people.

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