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Published Tuesday 17 December 2019
Tags:General, Media Release

Youth Hub to beat in town heart

The first sod on a dedicated Youth Hub in the heart of Wallan was officially turned by Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green MP and Mitchell Shire Mayor Councillor David Lowe on Tuesday 17 December.

The former Wellington Street kindergarten building will be transformed into a one-stop shop youth hub. The hub will house high quality youth services for young people aged between 12 and 24 in Mitchell Shire.

The facility will be refurbished to include:

  • open plan kitchen
  • consulting rooms
  • intake rooms
  • GP room
  • youth social spaces
  • modern reception and waiting area
  • accessible and ambulant toilet facilities
  • landscaped passive open space, seating and shade.

The new hub will increase services for young people in Mitchell Shire including mental health support.

Council contributed $1,090,400 to the project with $645,789 from the State Government through the Growing Suburbs Fund.

The initiative has been a key focus for the Mitchell Shire Youth Council who worked alongside Mitchell Shire Council to highlight the need for increased youth services, particularly mental health support. The partnership helped secure government funding for the fit out.

Council is working with The Bridge Youth Services and is hopeful service at the new hub will be operating towards the middle of next year.

Quotes attributable to Mitchell Shire Mayor Councillor David Lowe

“The revitalised Youth Hub will begin a new chapter in Mitchell Shire’s history as we look to increase services available for our young people.

“Youth mental health is a priority for our community as highlighted in the federal election campaign earlier this year.

“Our community is rapidly growing and projects like the Youth Hub are imperative to keeping up with this growth and to delivering on our commitment to provide a healthy, connected and sustainable community now and into the future.

“It has been brilliant to work in partnership with our Youth Council, the Victorian Government and service providers to get to this point. Partnerships like this are critical for delivering good outcomes for our community.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to highlight the significant contribution of the Youth Council. They are all brilliant young people who work hard to help Council understand the challenges that our young people face every day.”

Quotes attributable to Mitchell Shire Youth Council Youth Mayor Ebony Layley

“Not everyone is able to travel to access services. This new youth facility is crucial to the health and well-being of young people in the community.

“It means people can access support locally. This support can change a young person’s life and set them up for a positive future.

“The Youth Council has been working hard to highlight the need for more Youth mental health facilities in our community and this is a great achievement for everyone involved. This means so much to us as a Youth Council.”

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