New youth hub opens

The Advocate (Perth) - - NEWS -

THE City of Swan’s $3 mil­lion Mid­land Youth Hub was of­fi­cially opened last Fri­day by WA Gov­er­nor Kerry San­der­son.

The new state-of-the-art fa­cil­ity will be the new home of the Swan City Youth Ser­vice and the City of Swan Youth De­vel­op­ment Team and will be a one-stop-shop for young peo­ple aged 12 to 25 years.

City of Swan Mayor Mick Wain­wright said the new hub had long been a ma­jor in­fra­struc­ture pri­or­ity for the City.

“In part­ner­ship with the Swan City Youth Ser­vice, we want to en­sure our young peo­ple can ac­cess all the ser­vices they re­quire,” he said.

“The more we in­vest in our youth, es­pe­cially those in need of guid­ance and sup­port, the more they will con­trib­ute back to the community.”

The hub fea­tures a kitchen, hang­out space, record­ing stu­dio, art wall, bas­ket­ball courts and com­mon ar­eas for a range of ac­tiv­i­ties.

It will also pro­vide lo­cal youth with vital ser­vices such as drug and al­co­hol coun­selling, men­tal health sup­port, med­i­cal clin­ics and as­sis­tance with find­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion and ac­cess­ing Gov­ern­ment ser­vices.

Mid­land/Guild­ford ward coun­cil­lor Mark El­liott said the project would not have been pos­si­ble with­out the help of Lot­tery­west.

“We would thank Lot­tery­west for their con­tri­bu­tion of $1.625 mil­lion and their on­go­ing sup­port in fund­ing ma­jor projects such as these,” he said.

“The City is very ex­cited to con­tinue its com­mit­ment to its young peo­ple and their de­vel­op­ment, not just through the cen­tre but our many youth pro­grams, such as Youth Out Loud and the Hyper se­ries.”

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