Pedalling toward a better future

THE Risdon Vale Bike Collective’s (RVBC) youth mentoring programs have received a valuable boost thanks to a $50,000 grant awarded through the State Government’s Community Infrastructure Fund.

The funds will go directly toward maintaining the Risdon Vale Bike Shed and Blue Hills Bike Trails.

RVBC project manager Anthony Edler said the collective was “extremely grateful” for the ongoing support of the State Government.

“Every young person needs as much support and encouragement as we can give and this grant allows us to continue creating a better future for those in Risdon Vale,” he said.

“It allows us to develop extra skills, confidence and resilience, as well as build a sense of belonging and community around the medium of restoring, selling, maintaining and riding bikes.

“This all means a better future not only for a young person, but also for their family, neighbours and community.”

Liberal Member for Franklin Jacquie Petrusma said the State Government was pleased to provide this grant to the RVBC.

“This funding is in addition to other funding provided by the Government, including an election commitment of $149,000 for the Risdon Vale Bikes and Trail project (including a bike skills park) and $25,000 provided in late 2016 for operating costs,” she said.

“The Government is working with RVBC to help them achieve their program objectives and goals, as our goal is for Tasmania to be the healthiest population in the country by 2025 and community involvement, such as through the RVBC, is crucial to our success.”

For more information about the Risdon Vale Bike Collective, visit www.rvbikecollective.com or the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rvbikecollective.

Caption: From left, Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman, Colby Kearney, Kain Harris, Liberal Member for Franklin Jacquie Petrusma, Jake Williams and Risdon Vale Bike Collective project manager Anthony Edler.