Old shed shapes up as youth centre
SOUTH Grafton High School student Alison Pera has a wish list for a new youth shed in Wharf Street, South Grafton.
She hopes the organisers of events will provide dance space and guidance in times of need.
Alison, a Year 11 student, said a normal weekend for her and friends consisted of hanging out around the shopping centre.
“If we had a shed with dance stuff and movie nights I would hang out there on weekends,” she said.
“It would be good to know that you could get advice from someone you can rely on about school or family issues there too.”
Clarence Valley Council community development officer Carolyn Wilkes is hoping to get the shed up and running by the April school holidays.
“People are telling us they need more facilities for young people in the Clarence Valley and this is just one way of providing that,” she said.
The project that is hoped to boast a homework station, entertainment area, kitchen, computer hub and support networks has sparked community interest.
Ms Wilkes is hopeful of further funding to employ a permanent mentor for the shed’s program.
Aboriginal Legal Service field officer Avery Brown has been passionate for years about getting a youth centre going.
Mr Brown said the idea of the centre was to bring a whole range of community services together to provide a productive, educational and preventative alternative.
“We hope to reduce antisocial behaviour, reduce the over representation in the courts and give the kids another option while improving relationships between service providers in the community,” he said.
People are telling us they need more facilities for young people in the Clarence Valley