New youth centre is moving closer for Palm Beach

By YVONNE McLEAN

THE proposal to establish a Palm Beach youth centre is about to take a big step forward.

A forum on its development and program will be conducted by the organisation, Gold Coast Youth Commitment, next month.

The forum on the youth centre will be held at the Palm BeachCurrumbin Sports Club on Thursday, April 6, starting at 5.30pm.

The date is significant, coming right in the middle of Youth Week, which begins on April 1.

Facilitator of the youth centre project, area councillor Daphne McDonald, said local support was gaining momentum.

Interest was particularly strong from schools and the State Government had signed off on a financial contribution to the employment of a youth officer.

The very early stage of the youth centre, an office and permanent meeting place will soon be ready.

A former home of the pioneering Thrower family has been acquired by council and the building has been moved to a site at Salk Oval close to Currumbin Creek.

Cr McDonald said apprentices of the Youth Group Training Centre would refurbish the house as part of their training, which meant the only cost would be materials.

One of the first items to be moved in will be a very conspicuous one ? a piano donated by generous Elanora residents Victor and Mary Bodycote.

"Theirs is a wonderful contribution to young people who will visit the Thrower house office," Cr McDonald said.

Next month's forum is expected to appoint a youth steering committee to contribute ideas and opinions on the site of a multipurpose youth centre and how to raise funds to build and equip it.

For more information on the forum, call Cr McDonald's office on 55816228.



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