Youth to Help Lead Hub Activation
Golden Plains Shire Council is encouraging local young people to participate in the Golden Plains Youth Hub Community Reference Group, ensuring the voice of young people is considered in all decision-making and planning related to the Shire’s new Youth Space.
The Golden Plains Youth Hub Community Reference Group is made up of community stakeholders from Council, Victoria Police, YMCA Bannockburn, Bannockburn District Grants Inc and Bannockburn P – 12 College who are responsible for activating an inclusive and accessible space where a diverse range of young people aged 12 to 25 years can access the services, programs and activities they need to be healthier, happier and better connected.
The Community Reference Group is seeking members who are passionate about creating opportunities for young people and want to represent the voice and interests of local young people. Meetings will be held every three months on a Wednesday. If attendance at the in-person meeting is difficult, online participation can be arranged.
Located opposite the Shire’s only high school, Bannockburn P-12 College, 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. 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 encouraged Golden Plains youth to join the reference group and be a representative for young people on this project.
“This is a great opportunity for youth across the Shire to share their passion and ensure the voices and interests of young people are central in the activation of the Shire’s first youth hub.
“The Golden Plains Youth Hub is an exciting project that will provide a safe and inclusive space for young people and it’s important that they are represented in the decision-making process.
“We look forward to seeing the ideas of young people, and the entire Youth Hub Community Reference Group, come to life with the new space.”