Youth services funding boost

Article image - Youth services funding boost Minister for Local Government and Suburban Development Shaun Leane, and Member for Nepean, Chris Brayne were joined by Acting Mayor Cr Sarah Race and Councillors Antonella Celi, Lisa Dixon, Debra Mar and Kerri McCafferty at the proposed site.

Mornington Peninsula Shire, Victoria, has welcomed a significant funding boost to build an integrated youth services hub in Rosebud.

The $4.3million allocation from the State Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund is one of the largest amounts ever issued through this funding source and comes on top of $1.5million committed by the Federal Government to help build the new hub.

The project will encompass a multi-use and fit-for-purpose new Youth Hub, to be co-located on an existing sporting and civic site on Besgrove Street Rosebud, servicing the Southern Peninsula region and incorporating a strong focus on youth mental health.

The project will deliver an accessible youth-friendly facility with an innovative design to promote greater utilisation, maximise occupancy and enable a full suite of youth services, including but not limited to art and craft space, break-out lounge, clinical support services (including Headspace operation), cooking activities, drop-in centre, employment and education assistance and an IT Hub.

Acting Mayor, Councillor Sarah Race, said, “The integration of services will mean greater collaboration and cooperation between service providers, schools and other stakeholders resulting in better outcomes for Peninsula youth.”

Council continues to seek other funding sources to see the Hub come to fruition.

The first stage of planning will be undertaken before 2022 and the two-year build will commence late-2022 with a construction completion date in late-2024.