Shire’s pop-up youth hub officially opens

Young people were front and centre on Wednesday when Maryboroughʼs pop- up youth hub was launched. Local Misty-Lee Carter (front) is just one of a number of youths set to make the most of the hub, which is hoped will form a business case for a permanent youth hub locally.

Maryborough’s pop-up youth hub has been officially launched, bringing youth services from across the district to town for the duration of the six month trial.

It’s hoped the pop-up youth hub will inform a business case for a permanent youth facility, co- designed with local young people, that combines an integrated service model with a recreational youth space for the shire.

Led by Go Goldfields and supported by the Central Goldfields Shire Council, the Youth Support and Advocacy Service, Anglicare, the Maryborough District Health Service, Victoria Police and many more, the need for a dedicated youth space was identified after a series of consultations with young people, youth service delivery experts and community members.

Services provided at the youth hub, which will be open on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s include referrals, intake, counselling, computers, free Wi-Fi and a quiet study and reading space for young people aged 12 to 18, with both drop-in and booked appointments available.

Central Goldfields Shire CEO Lucy Roffey said the pop-up youth hub’s launch is an exciting step toward making youth services more available for the shire’s young people.

“It’s so important that young people have access to services and one of the issues we’ve got is transport, so if we’ve got services being provided in Bendigo or Ballarat that doesn’t help our young people here,” she said.

The pop-up youth hub is being held at the Maryborough Town Hall from 9.30 am to 5 pm Tuesday’s and Friday’s.

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