Youth precinct is an ex­cit­ing mile­stone

The Gympie Times - - NEWS OPINION - SHEL­LEY STRA­CHAN shel­ley.stra­chan@gympi­etimes.com

IT IS great to see Gympie Re­gional Coun­cil in­vest­ing in our youth and hon­our­ing the her­itage (and sen­ti­men­tal) value of the Memo­rial pool site by plan­ning to re­tain and re­fur­bish the build­ing there and work it into the youth precinct.

The ini­tial de­signs of plans for the precinct are ex­cit­ing – a rock wall, a pump track and skate bowl – and ex­cit­ing to think the first of five stages of this multi-mil­lion dol­lar de­vel­op­ment will be open by April, 2019.

Com­bine this with our state-of-the-art aquatic cen­tre, skat­ing rink and cin­e­mas, and our com­mu­nity’s younger de­mo­graphic may have to stop com­plain­ing there’s noth­ing for young peo­ple to do in Gympie.

It (“There’s noth­ing here for young peo­ple”) was the teenage an­them of the ‘80s when Gympie still had a drive-in, the Ama­roo and Skate­land and not much else.

We’d have given any­thing for a cin­ema and a youth precinct, though I must say the drive-in was pretty awe­some.

If you want to check out the full youth precinct plan it is on dis­play at the Gympie li­brary un­til Oc­to­ber 13.

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