The City of Swan welcomes the Labor party’s $3 million commitment to plan, design and build a permanent youth centre in the heart of Ellenbrook.
The commitment brings local youth another step closer to accessing regular services that support their health and wellbeing.
City of Swan Mayor David Lucas said the City is committed to establishing a permanent place for young people in Ellenbrook to connect and build personal, life and work-related skills.
“We have had great feedback about the Cool Room, our drop-in youth centre, but it’s time to upgrade to a larger, purpose-built facility with a more dedicated service offering,” he said.
“The needs of our young people are a high priority for the City, and we thank Kim Travers, Federal Labor candidate for Pearce, and Jessica Shaw, State Labor MP for Swan Hills, for committing a further $3 million to complete this vital project.
“I also want to thank our Pearce Ward Councillors; none of this would be possible without their tireless advocacy.”
Last year, the State Government allocated an initial investment of $1.86 million for a dedicated youth facility in the area.
The new centre will be conveniently located close to the future train station, Ellenbrook Secondary College, and nearby shops and services.
The City has identified youth services in Ellenbrook as a key priority, with young people aged 12-25 currently making up 29% of the local population.
Pearce Ward Councillor Kevin Bailey said the City is dedicated to meeting the needs of its young people.
“We are working hard to identify funding sources for youth services that complement Labor’s infrastructure investment,” he said.
“At the May 8 Council Meeting we allocated $300,000 to youth services as part of our 2019-20 Budget.
“This investment will deliver a range of programs, activities and services that foster wellbeing, build important life skills and connect young people to jobs and training opportunities.
“Our vibrant, young community has a great deal to contribute – and this funding will help ensure they have access to the community services they need to succeed.”