Cr Debra Mar, Nepean state Labor MP Chris Brayne, Cr Antonella Celi, Local Government and Suburban Development Minister Shaun Leane, Acting Mayor Sarah Race, Cr Kerri McCafferty and Cr Lisa Dixon inspect the hub site.
The State Government is providing $4.3 million for an integrated youth services hub in Rosebud – one of the largest amounts it has issued through its Growing Suburbs Fund. The allocation comes on top of the $1.5 million pledged by the Federal Government for the hub, which will deliver services for young people in the region with a strong focus on mental health.
The Besgrove St hub will incorporate clinical support services such as Headspace as well as providing employment and education assistance and holiday programs. It will include a drop-in centre, meeting rooms, an art and craft space, an IT area, a lounge, classrooms, and a games and recreation area.
Mornington Peninsula Shire Council’s youth services team has outgrown the Y Lounge Youth Centre in Rosebud from which it has operated since 2007. Acting Mayor Sarah Race welcomed the Government’s contribution and said: “The integration of services will mean greater collaboration and co-operation between service providers, schools and other stakeholders, resulting in better outcomes for Peninsula youth.”
The council expects work on the hub to start late next year and will take two years to complete. It is continuing to source money for the project.