A NEW youth centre for Midland is just months away from completion with construction of the new $3 million facility steaming ahead.
Construction has reached 65 per cent completion and the internal areas are starting to take shape at the Padbury Terrace site.
The Midland Youth Hub will accommodate Swan City Youth Services (SCYS), a not-for-profit organisation that will be able to deliver a wider range of services to young people in the area.
The new building has twice as much space as the current SCYS building on Morrison Road, which has accommodated the organisation for the last 30 years.
It will also feature a kitchen, hangout space, modern recording studio, art wall, basketball courts and common areas with a range of activities to choose from.
City of Swan Mayor Mick Wainwright said the Midland Youth Hub was designed to be a one-stop-shop for young people aged 12 to 25 years.
“Young people will have access to a range of educational, recreational, life skill, art and music programs at the hub,” he said.
“There will also be vital services like drug and alcohol counselling, mental health support, medical clinics, assistance with finding accommodation and help accessing Centrelink and any other services needed.”
The City of Swan has about 30,000 residents aged between 10 and 24 years, however, that age group will increase by about 9000 over the next 10 years.
Midland-Guildford Ward Councillor Ian Johnson said the new Midland Youth Hub was about supporting at-risk youth into the future.
“This new building is also more accessible with better links to public transport and proximity to the Midland’s commercial centre,” he said.
“Getting the right support can have a profound impact on someone’s life, particularly in their formative years – this is why the Midland Youth Hub is such an important investment.”
The City received a grant of $1.62 million from Lotterwest to help build the facility.
It is anticipated the building will be fully constructed by mid-2017.