Re­vamped youth spot ready for big re­veal

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS - JES­SICA HOWARD

A CEN­TRAL Ho­bart build­ing dam­aged in last year’s floods will re­open its doors this af­ter­noon af­ter a ma­jor re­fur­bish­ment.

Aimed at pro­vid­ing a pro­gram of ac­tiv­i­ties for peo­ple aged be­tween 12 and 24, the Youth Arts and Recre­ation Cen­tre on Collins St has been re­paired and up­graded with new fea­tures, in­clud­ing a cafe and food hub.

“There’s now a cafe area where young peo­ple can en­joy a quiet cof­fee in a con­tem­po­rary space that’s a bit sep­a­rate to the rest of the venue,” said the Ho­bart City Coun­cil’s com­mu­nity, cul­ture and events com­mit­tee chair Bill Har­vey.

“It will also be the new hub for Youth ARC’s food pro­gram, which brings young peo­ple and vol­un­teers to­gether to cook meals.”

The drop-in cen­tre will op­er­ate Tues­day to Fri­day from 3 to 6pm, with dance, mu­sic and art work­shops held ev­ery week.

The space has fa­cil­i­ties for gam­ing, eight-ball, ta­ble ten­nis, cook­ing, dance, bas­ket­ball and more.

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