Commitment to Esplanade Youth Plaza recognised

Christine George has been nominated in the WA Youth Awards for her work in developing the Esplanade Youth Plaza. Picture: Will Russell        www.communitypix.com.au d446694
Christine George has been nominated in the WA Youth Awards for her work in developing the Esplanade Youth Plaza. Picture: Will Russell        www.communitypix.com.au d446694

A HAMILTON Hill resident who managed the development of the Esplanade Youth Plaza in Fremantle is a finalist in this year’s WA Youth Awards.

Christine George is nominated for the Outstanding Youth Worker Award and will find out this Friday if she has won.

“I was really stoked to be shortlisted in the top four for the award,” she said.

“It’s an awesome feeling of achievement and recognition.”

Ms George has spent five years as the youth project officer at the City of Fremantle, where she has introduced a range of initiatives to get young people more involved in their community.

Her biggest achievement so far is the development of the Esplanade Youth Plaza (EYP).

The $1.6 million facility has been a massive success, but it did not have complete support from locals to begin with.

“I don’t think anyone anticipated the level of community engagement both for and against this project,” she said.

“The best I could do was not let the news distract me from the tasks at hand and remember that at the end of the day we were creating a space for young people which, up until the EYP was built, they didn’t have.

“In some ways, because of all the negativity in the lead up, the fact the space and the atmosphere is so welcoming is that much sweeter.”

Sixteen West Australians were nominated across four categories, with one to be named WA Young Person of the Year.