Young people in the City of Logan will soon have a new place to socialise and connect with construction commencing on the city’s first dedicated youth centre.

The centre will be in Wilbur Street at Logan Central, adjacent to the Logan Central Library.

A co-design process, in which Logan City Council engaged the local community and youth service providers, helped shape the facility’s design.

It will feature a ‘hang-out’ zone, indoor multi-purpose court, quiet room, rehearsal studio, dedicated First Nations space, multi-purpose area, creative maker space, technology space, commercial kitchen, laundry, and amenities.

Construction is due to commence in coming weeks, with the project expected to be completed next year.

The $5.04 million Wilbur Street Youth Centre is co-funded by the Australian Government, Queensland Government and Logan City Council.

Mayor Darren Power said it was important for young people have their own dedicated community space.

“The Wilbur Street Youth Centre will become a hub for youth in Logan Central and surrounding areas to come together and connect with each other and local support services in an inclusive and safe environment,” Councillor Power said.

The Queensland Government will provide $2.02 million of funding as part of the South East Queensland Community Stimulus program which aims to fast-track investment in new infrastructure and community assets that create jobs and deliver economic stimulus to local communities.

Jim Chalmers MP, Mayor Darren Power, Cameron Dick
Jim Chalmers MP, Mayor Darren Power, Cameron Dick

Member for Woodridge Cameron Dick said because Logan was a growing community, young people made up a greater proportion of the population than almost anywhere else in Queensland.

“Almost one-third of all Logan residents are younger than 25,” Mr Dick said.

“Our youthful population is an integral part of Logan’s vibrant culture, so it’s really important we ensure young people have a place to call their own where they can connect, be creative and learn.”

The project will also receive $840,000 of Australian Government funding through the Investing in our Communities Program, designed to drive economic opportunity and provide improved amenity, accessibility and liveability outcomes.

Federal Treasurer and Member for Rankin Jim Chalmers said having grown up in the area and lived in the community all his life he knew the importance of having places for young people to enjoy.

“Our primary focus as a government is to create more opportunities for more young people in communities like ours and local projects like this are vital to that aim,” Mr Chalmers said.

“This is about creating a space where young people in our community can come together, connect and feel comfortable and a prime example of the fantastic things we can achieve for our community when all levels of government work together.”

Lifestyle Chair Cr Tony Hall said the design plans painted an exciting picture for the future of the space.

“This hub has been designed with the needs of our young people in mind,” Cr Hall said.

Division 2 Councillor Teresa Lane said the new youth hub would give young people a space to socialise and connect, and a chance to breathe and hang out.

“The Wilbur Street Youth Centre will give them the opportunity to make new friendships and hopefully open doors to new positive pathways,” Cr Lane said.

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