Tak­ing the ini­tia­tive on ideas for new youth space

Central and North Burnett Times - - YOUR SAY - — Jack Lawrie

WORK on Monto Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre’s new youth space is al­most com­plete, and com­mu­nity mem­bers will get to have a say on what to do with it.

On Septem­ber 21, res­i­dents in the area, par­tic­u­larly young peo­ple, can come down to the Ex­celCare Cen­tre on 7 Hux­ley Street and share ideas.

Ex­celCare Youth worker Na­dine Smith said she was hop­ing to be sur­prised by what peo­ple came up with.

“We want youth to be able to take pride and own­er­ship over the space,” Mrs Smith said.

“We’re open to the un­ex­pected, I want them to throw that at me.”

The cen­tre has had the shed for a while, and has been plan­ning on con­vert­ing it into a group space for quite a while.

Ex­celCare ap­plied for a $35,000 de­vel­op­ment grant to go to­wards in­su­la­tion, fur­ni­ture and gen­eral struc­tural work for the shed.

The plan­ning will fo­cus on de­tails such as paint colour and dec­o­ra­tion, as well as en­ter­tain­ment for the area and pos­si­ble func­tions that could be held there.

“We’ve got some old video games like Nin­tendo 64 and Plays­ta­tion 1, but we’re look­ing at get­ting more mod­ern ones,” Mrs Smith said.

Free­lance builder Adrian Smith said most of the struc­tural work would be fin­ished by the time of the meet­ing, leav­ing dec­o­ra­tive work like paint­ing left to do.

The shed has been par­ti­tioned to al­low for two dif­fer­ent spa­ces.

“We’re keep­ing the par­ti­tion so two dif­fer­ent groups can run si­mul­ta­ne­ously if they want,” Mrs Smith said.

The meet­ing will be from 3.30pm to 4.30pm and pizza will be sup­plied.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 4331 7650.

PHOTO: JACK LAWRIE

IN­PUT WANTED: Ex­celCare youth worker Na­dine Smith is look­ing for­ward to hear­ing cre­ative ideas for the new Monto Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre youth space.

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