IDEAS WELCOMED: CEO of FSG Australia Vicki Batten and Clare Southwell of Third and Public welcome ideas for the Ballina youth centre now called B-SPACE.
IDEAS WELCOMED: CEO of FSG Australia Vicki Batten and Clare Southwell of Third and Public welcome ideas for the Ballina youth centre now called B-SPACE. Graham Broadhead

Young people called on to develop new Ballina youth space

THE call is out for youth to come up with ideas for a youth space in Ballina.

And it's a broad appeal for how the youth centre in Swift St should look, and what activities can be held there.

The former Youth Activities Centre, which has been renamed B-SPACE and run by FSG Australia, was first opened in October 7, 1995.

The building is the former Anglican rectory which was moved to the council-owned land in Swift St in July 1995. The building is 120 years old.

The message to youth from CEO of FSG Australia, Vicki Batten, is that the youth space "has to be open and welcoming".

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While the widespread use of the drug ice has been widely reported, Ms Batten said centres like B-SPACE were a way of combating the problem.

"The youth issues in every town are a community issue," she said. "We want kids who are disengaged to come here. B-SPACE will enable us to bring an entire community together."

The developers of last year's Inspiring Change Challenge anti-bullying program, Third and Public, have come on board to co-ordinate the transformation project.

Clare Southwell, from Third and Public, said young people's ideas were "invaluable", and should be harnessed.

The challenge will include different prize streams from design ideas for the interior and gardens, through to conceptual ideas for activities and services.

Ideas will be accepted until the end of August and it's expected the refurbishment will be finished early next year.



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