Central Goldfields Shire will open the doors to a new designated youth space this week.

The new dedicated youth space, to be located in the Nolan Street gym in Maryborough, is welcome news for our youngest residents who now have a physical space to get to together, meet friends and access youth related services.

As part of the Engage! school holiday program, young people have been busy transforming the space in the lead up to the official opening tomorrow, Wednesday 11 April at 12noon.

The new space has been made possible thanks to $10,000 from the Commbank Foundation Centenary Grants Program.  As part of the official proceedings Maryborough Commonwealth Bank Branch Manager Stephen Walhouse will present a cheque to Chief Administrator Noel Harvey.

Central Goldfields Shire Chief Administrator Noel Harvey said the opening of the new youth space was fantastic news for local youth.

“The new space will be a safe place for our young people to participate in activities, chat to friends, meet new people and access information. The new space will also provide free WIFI, food, games, computers and art and craft supplies.

“Our Youth Worker Penny Wilson will be based on site to provide support and services to young people when needed.

“Thank you to the Commonwealth Bank and in particular local branch manager Stephen Walhouse for their support of this valuable community facility.”

Maryborough Commonwealth Bank Branch Manager Stephen Walhouse said the Commonwealth Bank and the Commbank Foundation were excited to present the Central Goldfields Shire Youth Engage! Program with the Centenary Grant.

“Our team felt you were deserving of the grant and we were keen to assist with the support of local youth programs.

“We want to ensure our youth are provided with a space so they have somewhere to meet friends and participate in activities in a safe environment without judgement.”

The new Central Goldfields Shire Engage! Youth Space will be open Monday to Thursday from 3 to 5pm.

The Engage! Program enables young people aged 12-25 to actively participate in civic, skills building, and economic pathway activities in the local community. It provides young people with the opportunity to have a greater connection to and active participation in their local community, build skills and knowledge, promote pathways to employment, training and education, improve health and wellbeing and social connections to friends, family and the community.  

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