Council seeking feedback on youth hub trial

The Central Goldfields Shire Council is currently accepting feedback on its trial youth hub to improve the facility and assist in securing funding for a permanent facility to be established.

The pop-up youth hub was established on a trial six-month basis in February and provided services such as counselling, referrals, computers, free Wi-Fi, a quiet study space and both drop-in and pre-booked appointments.

It’s hoped the trial — led by GO Goldfields and supported by the Central Goldfields Shire Council, the Youth Support and Advocacy Service, Anglicare, the Maryborough District Health Service and Victoria Police, among others — will inform a business case for the establishment of a permanent facility for the shire’s young people.

The facility had been operated from the Maryborough Town Hall, however due to COVID-19 and the subsequent restrictions enforced, the facility was open for just over a month.

Despite being open for a much shorter period than anticipated, Central Goldfields Shire chief administrator Noel Harvey said those behind the trial have already learnt “an awful lot”.

“We’re asking anyone who’s had anything to do with the hub to give us some feedback on what they thought and their ideas on how it can be improved,” he said.

The survey is available at www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZMMVQ RV and feedback can be made until this Friday, June 26.

For more on this story see Page 2 of The Advertiser, Tuesday, June 23

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