City adopts youth centre
By SALLY GORDON
THE dirt-encrusted floorboards and cobweb-covered windows of the Pullen Centre's old produce store soon will be cleaned up to make way for a bustling youth hub.
Over the next six months Clarence Valley Community Programs will transform the room in Grafton into innovative 'youth-friendly space'.
The plan was released on Friday after directors of Community Programs said they had attracted $92,400 in Federal Government funding to get the idea up and running.
Manager of accommodation services at CVCP, Nicole Secomb, said the youth hub would provide a range of activities and services for youngsters.
Kids would be able to walk off the street and access information and counselling services, a homework centre, computers, resource library and games such as table tennis and pool.
Ms Secomb said part of the redevelopment would include a cafe, which would provide training and a social setting.
"The proposed design of the space has seen a group of young people come together to put forward their ideas," she said.
The hub already has struck a chord with 19-year-old David Terelinck, who said when he heard about the idea he thought it was great.
"It'll be somewhere to come where you don't need any money," he said.
"If young people want to go anywhere in Grafton, you go to the movies or somewhere where you need money, so at least here we can hang out for free."