Specific youth venue project in its infancy

The Rhinos senior team, plder but no less keen. At front:- Branden Criddle. Left to right at back: Kris Dunsire, Terry Davidson (Vice Pres.), Carl Price, Jardan Lorimer, Michael Thomas, Matthew Reynolds and Greg Wilson Picture: Bruce Hunt www.communitypix.com.au d399367
The Rhinos senior team, plder but no less keen. At front:- Branden Criddle. Left to right at back: Kris Dunsire, Terry Davidson (Vice Pres.), Carl Price, Jardan Lorimer, Michael Thomas, Matthew Reynolds and Greg Wilson Picture: Bruce Hunt www.communitypix.com.au d399367

Mayor Barry Sammels said the City was considering several sites for the venue that will likely replace the Station Youth Centre.

The project in its infancy recently missed out on funding under the Regional Development Australia Fund but Cr Sammels said it was yet to be submitted for big funding grants.

‘A specific youth space such as this would offer a safe space for young people to meet with their peers, learn new skills in the creative, recreational, social and leadership areas,’ he said.

The plan developed from community consultation with young people, parents and service providers as part of the City’s Youth Strategy.

It revealed that Rockingham had a larger population of people aged under 17 compared to the rest of Perth and predicted there would be more than 10,000 people aged 10 to 14 in the City by 2021.

Kwinana opened its popular $7 million Zone youth centre in 2011.

Cr Sammels said there was $112,000 budgeted for design of the venue in 2015/16 and the City would seek funding from the State and Federal governments.

The Youth Services team runs several programs including the Station Youth Centre, Station Youth Health Service and outreach programs at skate parks and shopping centres.

A spokeswoman for Brand MHR Gary Gray said he was aware of the project and he would be happy to meet the City to discuss other Federal government funding programs that may be available other than the Regional Development Australia Fund.