Lee Duffield

Edited by Lee Duffield
Freedom and Truth

New Youth Space announced for North Lakes

With the federal election just days away, Labor has announced plans to build a new Youth Space in North Lakes if re-elected.

The Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin announced on Thursday that Labor would put forward three million dollars for the Youth Space.

Redcliffe Youth Space Manger, Jarryd Williams said they had been lobbying for the new Youth Space for 18 months.

“It’s desperately needed in North Lakes. There are some very serious issues affecting the community there,” he said.

“It’s probably one of the best decisions for our particular region in a long time.”

Mr Williams said hundreds of kids from North Lakes have been travelling to Redcliffe Youth Space events for a while.

“Even though it’s quite close to Brisbane, North Lakes is an isolated community,” he said.

“Because of the poor transport, it’s geographically isolated.”

Simon Rowell, media representative for the Petrie Member, Yvette D’Ath, said, “We’re interested in making sure young people have somewhere to go.”

“We want to keep them out of trouble,” he said.

With the Redcliffe Youth Space proving to be a very big success, Mr Rowell said North Lakes would benefit from the type of services that Redcliffe has had for some time.

The success of Redcliffe Youth Space contributed to federal funding PHOTO: Caitlin Adams

The success of Redcliffe Youth Space inspired the call for federal funding. Source: Caitlin Adams.

“Ms D’Ath has always worked closely with the manager at Redcliffe and he started to point us toward the need for a similar service in North Lakes,” Mr Rowell said.

“It will be good for business, it will be good for the community and it will be really good for young people,” Mr Rowell said.

If the new Youth Space is built, Mr Williams said the Redcliffe Youth Space would be willing to work with them.

The new service will provide fun and safe activities for local youth, to help keep them off the streets.