Finn Ball, 14, of Alstonville was thrilled to get the chance to shop for real after his vision for the B-SPACE design competition.
Finn Ball, 14, of Alstonville was thrilled to get the chance to shop for real after his vision for the B-SPACE design competition. Marc Stapelberg

B-SPACE winners go on shopping spree for Ballina youth centre

THE winners of the B-SPACE design competition have gone on an impressive shopping spree, buying furnishings and homewares to deck out the recently renovated youth centre. at Ballina Fair Shopping Centre.

Different world cultures

One of the three competition winners, Finn Ball, 14, said his design was based on different world cultures.

"I'm really fascinated by the world, that's one of my hobbies," he said.

"I wanted to put that in the design of my mood board.

"I had all the different countries represented in the different spaces ... for example in the lounge room I'd like a Costa Rica beach theme."

Clare Southwell from Third & Public is working on the B-SPACE project and she led today's shopping spree.

Ideas come to life

"It's amazing to see these winning ideas come to life," she said.

"It's not often you get 1000 kids involved in a local project they drive.

"I think this is going to be really successful because the B-SPACE is going to exist based on ideas from kids."

Finn said that was one of the best aspects of this competition - it offered the chance for kids to design a space for other kids.

Kids cool designs

"It's not often kids get the chance to design anything. I thought that was pretty cool," he said.

"I feel like it's a reality TV show, like House Rules ... I'm going to put everything into (B-SPACE), like you're decorating a house."

The competition invited Ballina Shire youths to submit exterior and interior design ideas for the youth centre.

Shopping centre donation

Ballina Fair Shopping Centre donated $5000 to B-SPACE to fund the shopping spree.

Mrs Southwell said while a lot of the homewares and furnishings would be purchased at the centre, there were a lot of DIY school holiday projects going on at B-SPACE as well.

"One of these winning ideas is based around a coastal theme, so B-SPACE have got loads of pallet furniture, and they're having workshops to make some of that," she said.

The school holiday workshops continue until January 26 at the youth centre located on Swift St.

You can find a full list of those events and workshops here.

B-SPACE is run by FSG Australia.



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