New youth centre for Georges River opening soon

 Georges River Council mayor, Kevin Greene (centre) with workers at the Penshurst Park Sporting Hub.
Georges River Council mayor, Kevin Greene (centre) with workers at the Penshurst Park Sporting Hub.

The Penshurst Park Sporting Hub will soon be the home to a new youth centre for Georges River.

Community group 3Bridges will use the centre to help train young people looking to expand their experience in different fields.

Young jobseekers, local youth will have opportunities to gain employment in hospitality, community development and youth support, through mentoring and on-the-job training.

The centre will be equipped with a training kitchen, half-court basketball venue and multipurpose rooms to provide opportunities and affordable access for youth development programs.

The new youth centre is located between Hurstville Aquatic Leisure Centre and the Norm O'Neill Cricket Training Facility, with access to parking and within walking distance to Hurstville train station and other transport connections.

Georges River Mayor Kevin Greene said 3Bridges is a leading body for community capacity building and Council is proud to have such a long-standing relationship that offers significant value to the community.

"This new facility is part of the staged Master Plan for Penshurst Park, and includes a brand new playground, sports field, 265-seat accessible grandstand and more," Councillor Greene said.

"In the next stage we are looking to build more indoor courts and gymnastics space, a café area and landscaping.

"I hope to see our local youth utilise these contemporary spaces as a safe haven to foster connection and develop new skills."

Fatima, a current user of 3Bridges youth services, said, "It is important for local youth to have a dedicated space, because it shows that our decision makers care about the youth.

"I am glad to see that it will provide us a safe space to hang out, do work and talk to one another without worrying about other people's judgement.

"It is vital for the creation of such an environment, especially for young people experiencing depression, anxiety and stress - a carefree space that is dedicated for local youth."

Construction is anticipated to be complete in the coming weeks.

More details on the Penshurst Park Sporting Hub Master Plan, please visit: Georges River Council - Penshurst Park Sporting Hub (nsw.gov.au)

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