Feedback wanted on youth projects

NO less than four brand-new skate spaces will be built across the valley by next June and Grafton’s market square will have a new stage.

The skate surfaces, at Copmanhurst, Coutts Crossing, Wooli and Yamba, along with the stage, represent the major portion of the $1.7 million Out of the Box youth centre project.

Another major component is a 12-month travelling youth space comprising three modified shipping containers which will house youth activities including an IT centre (internet hub), a creative arts space and a cafe.

Though details are still to be finalised, council’s manager of social planning and cultural development Anne D’Arcy said the youth centres would spend the first four months in Grafton (from next June) followed by Yamba before two of them went to Wooli, Coutts and Copmanhurst.

Draft plans have been developed and Clarence Valley Council is keen to meet with communities and community groups to provide more information about how the project will be delivered in their local area as well as seek feedback from the community about design and use of the infrastructure.

Clarence Valley mayor Richie Williamson said the lack of a designated youth space in the Valley had been a major concern for council for many years.

“Out of the Box is an innovative way to meet the needs of a dispersed youth population and will deliver young people a safe space where they can meet to socialise, attend creative workshops or access training,” he said.

“It is important to have the community on board and we encourage people to come along and give us their feedback.”

Information sessions will run from 6-7pm this week starting tomorrow at Wooli Bowling Club, Wednesday at Copmanhurst Hall and Thursday at Coutts Crossing Hall.

Yamba and Grafton sessions will be held next week on Tuesday, September 21 at the Yamba Bowling Club and Thursday, September 23 at Grafton Community and Function Centre, both between 6-7pm.

For further information please contact Community Development Officer (Youth Services) Sarah Ford at or on 6645 0002/ 0428 420 908.

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