IN BRIEF

Hockey 'out of touch'

Federal treasurer Joe Hockey has come under fire from Labor Chifley MP Ed Husic following recent comments that poor people don't drive.

"Joe Hockey continues to show just how out of touch he really is," Mr Husic said. "Chifley families often have to drive extraordinary distances on ridiculously congested roads to get to and from work."

Barbecues help Red Cross

More than $455,000 was raised through Red Cross Centenary fund-raising barbecues at Bunnings stores nationally earlier this month. More than 3600 Red Cross volunteers staffed 251 barbecues, including Minchinbury and Seven Hills. The event celebrated the Red Cross's 100th birthday in Australia.

"All the money raised will help Red Cross continue its everyday work assisting Australians in need so that we can be there helping communities for another 100 years," Red Cross spokesman Robert Tickner said. "Thank you to everyone who visited Bunnings and bought a sausage or made a donation to support our everyday work helping people doing it tough."

Grants for youth projects

Applications for the third round of state Youth Opportunities funding are open. Organisations can apply to share in $1 million for new projects which help at-risk young people develop leadership skills, self-confidence and to participate more fully in their communities. Grants of up to $50,000 will be offered for projects that take up to 12 months.

Initiatives focusing on leadership development, mentoring, volunteering and fund-raising for charity will be encouraged. Applications close on September 29.

Details: 8762 9838 or email youth@communities.nsw.gov.au.

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