Funding has been secured for what’s been termed a ‘mobile youth drop in centre’ which could provide Whyalla’s youth with a number of interactive services.
Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey visited Whyalla on Tuesday to hand over a cheque for $13,725 to the Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) which will go towards re-fitting a caravan to become a youth hub.
Funding was also put forward by the Whyalla City Council and the Whyalla Men’s Shed for the vehicle, which will likely be getting around to a number of community events such as the Whyalla Show or the Party in the Park.
Mr Ramsey said the van would be a place for youth to congregate and enjoy facilities such as a blow-up movie theatre.
“It’s a way of engaging youth and bringing them in together, hopefully then they could potentially get involved with the YAC, that’s a really good thing which is team building,” he said.
“The Men’s Shed assistance will be great, it will be some older people working with some younger people and showing them some skills, it will look fantastic once it is painted up.”
The federal government funding comes as part of its Stronger Communities program which provides $150,000 to each electorate.
“I’ve drawn a committee around from all over and we thought this project was a really good one, especially considering the pressures around Whyalla at the moment,” Mr Ramsey said.
It's a way of engaging youth and bringing them together..it will look fantastic.Rowan Ramsey
“We know Whyalla is in a tight spot right now and that tension within households goes right through the families, this work with the caravan is recognition that we need to do something in this area.”
YAC member Ethan Clobucar said the funding for the youth hub was ‘fantastic’.
“We’ve been trying to get this off the ground for a while and to finally get the funding is very exciting for the YAC,” he said.
“The goal for this caravan is that we take it around to events like the Whyalla Show and the Fishy Fringe as an area that youth can go and play video games, watch movies, just gives youth something to do.”
“It was one of our younger members who came up with it, we thought it was a very good idea and decided that it was definitely something we wanted to make a reality.”
Ethan said the hub would benefit all ages.