Burnie scores $2.3 million for youth centre

Burnie City Council is celebrating the announcement of $2.3 million in funding for a new youth centre in Acton.

Catherine King, Minister for Regional Australia alongside Federal Member for Braddon Sid Sidebottom announced $2.3 million of funding in Burnie earlier today (22 August 2013). Council is set to contribute up to $1 million to the project.

Mayor Steve Kons said, “We are thrilled to be granted this regional funding. It has been a goal of Council to have a new youth centre in Burnie for a long time, but it just was not possible due to tight budgets. This is a big win for our young people and the families of Burnie.”

A new youth centre will be built on Council land behind the new Burnie Child and Family Centre in Acton.

“The centre will provide the community with a purpose built facility for community organisations focused on building the health, resilience and aspirations of our young people.  

“Through these activities the project will improve social and economic participation, encourage a more integrated community and support regional economic growth. This centre will help to achieve some of the community’s goals from the Making Burnie 2030 community strategic plan,” Mayor Kons said.

The project aims to contribute to sustainable regional economic growth by increasing educational retention and workforce participation and reducing unemployment rates.

It is intended that the completed facility will be leased and managed by the Burnie PCYC.

The Burnie PCYC has been a provider of sustainable youth resilience building programs for over 50 years. For many young people the PCYC provides the only form of social connection and community engagement outside of the school environment.

This project will provide the infrastructure required for the Burnie PCYC, to continue to deliver programs that not only provide improved health outcomes but also build resilience and the aspirations of our young people.

For further information please contact

Libby Dobson
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
(03) 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728

Email: ldobson@burnie.net