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Dunsborough welcomes new youth facility to help young people find their potential

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City of Busselton youth development trainee Edan Christinelli, Cr Mikayla Love, deputy mayor Paul Carter and Senior Sergeant Robbie Fay.
Camera IconCity of Busselton youth development trainee Edan Christinelli, Cr Mikayla Love, deputy mayor Paul Carter and Senior Sergeant Robbie Fay. Credit: supplied

The City of Busselton has opened a new youth space in Dunsborough to bring out potential and provide opportunity to young people in the community.

Opening last Saturday, the new centre, named The Break, will seek to provide a safe, inclusive and judgement free space for young people to connect, make new friends in its new home in the Dunsborough Sporting Precinct.

Built with $80 000 funding from the Southwest Development Commission, the facility will be managed by the City’s Youth Services team.

They aim to help bring out the potential in young people through a wide range of activities like art and music workshops, upskill programs, youth activities while also being the home for the SHIFT Youth Crew.

City Mayor Grant Henley said the City was glad to be supporting young people in this endeavour.

“Council is committed to providing opportunities for young people to be physically and socially active in our communities while also providing platforms to learn new skills and build capacity,” he said.

“The City has had a dedicated Youth Space in Busselton for nearly five years and it is great that the growing township of Dunsborough now has its own dedicated space.”

The funding obtained for the space comes as part of an election promise by South West member Jackie Jarvis who ha been a long-time supporter of the region’s youth.

“I’m thrilled our government has been able to help deliver a facility for the youth of Dunsborough, one that they need and deserve,” she said.

“I know it will make a big difference to the Dunsborough community and I have no doubt it will become a popular hangout for our youth to connect, relax and learn in a safe, inclusive environment.”

Several community businesses have helped bring the space to life including a mural by artist Sammy Allen, Origins Market donating transportable building, and the Dunsborough Lion’s Club giving $10,000 towards new equipment.

Rio Tinto will also sponsor the site, providing $80,000 a year which will enable the City to expand learning and employment opportunities and provide a more consistent voice for local youth.

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