New youth centre on the way

An artist impression of Pakenham's new youth centre, expected to open in April 2022.

Pakenham is getting a new youth centre.

The centre is being built on James Street and is expected to open in April 2022.

It will offer programs and services for young people aged 12 to 24, with dedicated training rooms, counselling rooms, a program/group room, a shower and laundry facility, recording booth, computers with internet access and a roof top recreation space.

There will be services and programs to support young people to build resilience, re-engage in education, training and work opportunities, improve relationships, and will give them the ability to access specialist services in a timely manner.

The new youth centre is being built as the current youth centre, My Place, is close to capacity.

“The move to construct this new, purpose-built youth centre is what our community has been asking for as it will support the future needs of our young people,“ Cardinia Mayor Brett Owen said.Henty Ward Councillor Carol Ryan said the location was ideal for young people as it was close to public transport and local skate parks and shopping areas.

“It’s important we plan for the future and in particular for the future of our young people,” Cr Ryan said.

Cardinia Shire Council has committed $1.5 million to this project.

The state government has pledged $3 million from the Growing Suburbs Fund, while the federal government has put forward $1.5 million as part of the Community Health and Hospitals Program.