There is no shortage of demand for lantern makers. Thomas Gordon, 8, of Yamba, at the markets. A workshop for youth in the New Year will show how to make them.
There is no shortage of demand for lantern makers. Thomas Gordon, 8, of Yamba, at the markets. A workshop for youth in the New Year will show how to make them.

Mobile youth centre a priority

THE Clarence Valley may get a mobile youth centre.

Clarence Valley Council is seeking money from the Federal Government for a youth centre which would be moved between Grafton and Yamba and other locations, based on demand.

The Federal Government has allocated $10 million to fund five youth centres in Priority Employment Areas, which includes the Clarence Valley.

The centres will be arts, business and community hot spots to enable socialisation, skills development, training and education.

Council’s proposal envisages three specially fitted-out shipping containers or ‘cubes’ that can be moved around the Clarence. The centre would provide youth with a cafe, computer learning and training, relaxation opportunities and a studio workshop for the use of productions.

Council deputy general manager of environment and economic business Des Schroder said the Valley needed space for youth to ‘hang out’.

“The purpose of these cubes is to look after youth by providing the facilities in a funky way where youth can hang out,” he said.

The cubes are anticipated to be located in the centre of Grafton for four months, in the key beachside town of Yamba for four months and other areas based on youth demand.

Mr Schroder said the mobile cubes would be a more cost-effective way of meeting the needs of young people across the Clarence Valley than a permanent structure in terms of establishment, maintenance and disposal.

“We have a competitive application against the other 20 priority employment areas,” he said.

If the Clarence Valley is successful in obtaining $2 million funding, the cubes are expected to be up and moving by mid next year.

The council will host summer youth events until the end of January to keep the youth population occupied during the school holidays.

Youth events

The Underground – small scale, short, sharp live music (15 years and over)

Yamba: January 22.

Photo Rally – youth photography competition (12-25 years).

Valley-wide: January 20 from 8am.

Claymation – make a short animated film (12-25 years).

South Grafton: January 8.

Iluka: January 15.

Yamba: January 22.

Lantern making – construct and decorate a teppee lantern (12-25 years).

Coutts Crossing: January 11.

Glenreagh: January 13.

Painting – let your creativity flow into the canvas (12-25 years).

Coutts Crossing: January 12.

Glenreagh: January 14.

Short film – make a short zombie or horror film.

Location TBA: January 16-17.

The old T – T-shirt stencilling workshop (Yamba)

Yamba: January 8.

Spaghetti circus – circus-like activities.

Maclean: January 11-15.



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