Construction on the Golden Plains Youth Hub has officially started following today’s sod-turning event with Gayle Tierney MP, Senator Sarah Henderson, Golden Plains Shire Mayor Cr Helena Kirby and Bannockburn and District Grants Chair Cr Brett Cunningham.
The milestone was celebrated with students of neighbouring Bannockburn College P-12 including school captain Bridie Orr, and Principal George Porter and Deputy Principal Robyn Anderson.
The Golden Plains Youth Hub will be a vibrant facility that will provide inclusive, innovative and accessible programs and services for young people in Golden Plains. Located opposite the Shire’s only high school, Bannockburn College P-12, the Youth Hub will support improved health, social, education and employability outcomes, and provide stronger connections between the local community and services young people need.
The $562,000 project will be delivered with $271,032 from the Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund, $100,000 for the Australian Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program, $100,000 from Bannockburn and District Grants, and Council’s $90,720 in-kind contribution of the portable building.
Mayor Cr Helena Kirby says it’s been a collaborative effort to make the Golden Plains Youth Hub a reality.
“The Golden Plains Youth Hub is a wonderful project and it’s very exciting to break ground on the construction today. We thank the Victorian Government, Australian Government and Bannockburn and District Grants for partnering on Council’s vision for the Shire’s first youth hub.
“We look forward to seeing Council’s former portable office building transformed into the new Golden Plains Youth Hub and returning to officially open this new facility for our Shire’s young people.”