A per­fect spot to have fun

Kyabram Free Press - - NEWS -

A SAFE place en­cour­ag­ing lo­cal chil­dren to gather, play and so­cialise has opened in Un­dera.

Stage one of the Un­dera Youth SPOT of­fi­cially opened on Thurs­day, as part of a Greater Shep­par­ton City Coun­cil ini­tia­tive that will be in­tro­duced to small towns across the re­gion.

The jour­ney to de­velop a youth space was started five years ago by Ramp it Up com­mit­tee rep­re­sen­ta­tive Janet Bat­ten, who was pleased to see SPOT open.

The Un­dera com­mu­nity cel­e­brated with a bar­be­cue lunch, free art ac­tiv­i­ties, face paint­ing and en­ter­tain­ment, and young peo­ple were able to come along and try out the new space.

Coun­cil’s act­ing com­mu­nity di­rec­tor Amanda Tin­gay was happy to see stage one of the project com­plete.

‘‘Each youth SPOT is unique to their town and it is great to see the young peo­ple en­joy­ing the space, which has been de­signed for young peo­ple by young peo­ple,’’ Ms Tin­gay said.

‘‘The space fea­tures power and lots of seat­ing op­tions, al­low­ing young peo­ple to gather, so­cialise, play and sim­ply hang out.

‘‘I would like to thank the Un­dera com­mu­nity for their as­sis­tance in bring­ing this space to fruition, and the lo­cal young peo­ple for the as­sis­tance with the de­sign. I hope the com­mu­nity en­joys their new space.’’

Four new SPOTs will be built across Greater Shep­par­ton this fi­nan­cial year. Un­dera lo­cals cel­e­brate the open­ing of the Youth SPOT, which is a space for young peo­ple to hang out.

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