Youth get big boost

Pilbara News - - News - Court­ney Fowler

The sec­ond stage of the Youth Shed Out­door Re­de­vel­op­ment pro­ject was com­pleted last month, thanks to a $20,000 State Gov­ern­ment grant for the area to re­ceive a much-needed facelift.

The recre­ational area now in­cludes a mul­ti­pur­pose court with bas­ket­ball back­board, ad­di­tional shade and seat­ing, fur­ther skate el­e­ments and a nat­u­ral-feel am­phithe­atre.

The of­fi­cial open­ing event Beats by the Park saw a DJ bat­tle take place for youth aged 11 and over.

Win­ners Fred Ket­tlewell and Bran­don Saena per­formed at the Beats in the Heat mu­sic fes­ti­val on Au­gust 8, which at­tracted more than 1500 peo­ple.

City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long said the re­de­vel­oped out­door space im­proved the fa­cil­i­ties on of­fer at the Youth Shed.

Cr Long thanked fund­ing part­ner Pil­bara De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion for their on­go­ing sup­port through­out the pro­ject.

Pil­bara De­vel­op­ment Com­mis- sion act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Terry Hill said qual­ity youth-fo­cused fa­cil­i­ties were key to mak­ing the Pil­bara a de­sir­able place to live.

“The ad­di­tional mul­ti­pur­pose out­door space caters to a wide va­ri­ety of in­ter­ests, fur­ther in­creas­ing us­age of the pop­u­lar youth fa­cil­ity,” he said.

“The Youth Shed was one of the first ma­jor com­mu­nity in­fra­struc­ture projects funded through the Pil­bara Cities Ini­tia­tive, so it was fit­ting that the Com­mis­sion pro­vided sup­port for stage two of the pro­ject.”

Pic­ture: Court­ney Fowler

Pil­bara De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion se­nior pro­ject of­fi­cer Richard Han­cock and City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long at the re­de­vel­oped Youth Space.

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