Morrison Government supporting Panthers on the Prowl

Monday, 19 May 2014

A re-elected Morrison Government will provide $170,000 for Panthers on the Prowl to ensure their programs continue to give back to families and young people in Penrith and the surrounding areas.

Federal Minister for Families and Social Services Paul Fletcher, Liberal Senator for New South Wales Marise Payne and Liberal Candidate for Lindsay Melissa McIntosh said that Panthers on the Prowl Community Development Foundation had been operating for 15 years and has had a significant impact on hundreds of young people and their families in the Penrith area. 

“The goal of Panthers on the Prowl is to make a positive and lasting difference to the wellbeing of young people in local communities,” said Mr Fletcher.

This investment from the Liberal National Government will help to continue Programs such as:

  • Primary Program – early-intervention program to target at-risk youth.
  • Secondary Program – career pathways program for school leavers.
  • Adult Computer Literacy Program – workshops run by the Panthers education and welfare unit to develop adults’ computer skills.
  • Kokoda Leadership Project – Ex-players and Panthers staff take local young people on the Kokoda Trail.
  • Building Young Men – Youth Mentoring – Intensive 18-week mentoring for at-risk young people which links them up with mentors.

“Panthers on the Prowl is a proud Foundation with a strong history of producing local talent, and this continued commitment to the programs will only strengthen that moving forward,” said Senator Payne.

“Athletes are role models for our children and it is important for our youth to see diversity among our professional sporting bodies, as well as developing programs that encourage diversity in sport.”

“The program will leverage the community connections and profile of the Panthers and their players to engage young people from the community to look at getting involved,”

“Community based sports clubs like the Panthers can play a very important role in building social cohesion – so the Morrison Government is pleased to be working with Panthers on the Prowl.”

“The Panthers are an integral part of our community here in Penrith, and I’m proud that we are backing them in,” Melissa McIntosh said.

“I am very proud of our support for this program, which will help the kids from different backgrounds and communities to participate in something that unites all Australians – sport,” said Melissa McIntosh.

“If elected as the Member for Lindsay, I will continue to advocate for programs like this one that support our community.”