Funding for new Rockingham Youth Centre

Premier Mark McGowan presented City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels.
Premier Mark McGowan presented City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels.

THE City of Rockingham has secured a $985,000 grant from Lotterywest to assist with refurbishment of the new Rockingham Youth Centre.

The new Rockingham Youth Centre, which will be located on MacKinnon Street, is set to be a multipurpose facility that gives young people aged 12 – 24 a space to connect and learn new skills.

Staff from the City’s Youth Services and Youth Development team will be based at the building, which will host a wide range of workshops, skill development sessions, forums, and community events.

Leadership programs including Youth Advisory Council, Junior Council, the Skate Park Reference Group, as well as art and recreation programs (Upcycle, Schools Take pART) and skill development opportunities (Job Seeker Boot Camp, Life Skills) will also feature.

The centre will also host valuable prevention and intervention programs for young people seeking assistance.

Spaces to be included in the new youth centre include a computer/IT area, individual and group study nooks, activity rooms, an outdoor workshop, two counselling rooms, a kitchen and a ‘chill out’ area.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels thanked Lotterywest for supporting the Rockingham Youth Centre project.

“Young people form a significant proportion of our community and it is vital the City is able to provide them with a range of programs and support networks well into the future,” he said

“The Rockingham Youth Centre will give young people the chance to build valuable life skills in a friendly, relaxed environment.

“Securing funding support is crucial to delivering major projects like this.”