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Minister Scullion: Funding for NRL Cowboys House to support more young men

20 Nov 2017

Joint media release
Senator Ian Macdonald - Senator for Queensland

  • Additional $1.2 million for Cowboys House to support even more young men finish school
  • The investment is part of the Coalition Government’s $5 billion Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS)

Townsville’s NRL Cowboys House will support more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young men to complete school, following a substantial investment from the Coalition Government’s Indigenous Advancement Strategy.

Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion and Senator for Queensland, Ian Macdonald, announced the funding injection today in Townsville.

“I am thrilled to support the NRL Cowboys House to grow and help even more young men get a solid education,” said Minister Scullion.

 NRL Cowboys House provides Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from remote North Queensland communities a place to board and support services while they complete their secondary schooling in Townsville. 

Senator for Queensland, Senator Ian Macodnald, said the $1.2 million funding boost is in addition to the $9.5 million Government investment to construct NRL Cowboys House, which opened in March 2017.

“Once NRL Cowboys House is at full capacity, they will be able to support 50 young men from communities including Doomadgee, Cooktown, Hopevale, Laura, Mornington Island, Normanton, Pormpuraaw and Wujal Wujal.  

“Students who travel from remote communities to attend school often face unique challenges. NRL Cowboys House provides tailored support including case management and specialised tutoring to help these young men to thrive and successfully complete school.” 

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Visit the Minister's website to read the original media release.