City of Greater Geelong will open a Geelong Youth Hub within the Busport
building in central Geelong as part of a two-year pilot starting in January 2025
running until December 2026.
engagement for the dedicated youth space will run from 5 January to mid-March, 2024.
Young people across the Geelong region will be asked to help design the new
has received $400,000 under the Victorian Government’s Youth Hubs grant program
2022-2023 to support the establishment of the first youth hub in central Geelong.
from young people provided via a Have Your Say website page and co-design
workshops will be used to inform the design of the hub, as well as the services
and activities it offers. This process will also directly involve youth service
groundwork for this initiative was laid through collaboration with the Youth
Council during the development of the Geelong Youth Hub Feasibility Study in
Learn how to get involved from 5 January 2024. There is
also a chance to go in the draw to win a gift voucher.
groundbreaking project is a testament to the commitment of the City of Greater
Geelong to fostering a Healthy, Caring, and Inclusive community, in alignment
with the Our Community Plan 2021-2025 Strategic Direction.
Council resolved to sell
the Busport building in 2022, and this resolution remains in place. However,
the sale of the property has been paused while the Council considers its
approach to asset sales in general.
In light of the pause, TheOutpost not-for-profit group has been notified that it can continue to use the
building for its services while it searches for a new location. The Victorian
Government has committed $50,000 to assist The Outpost to find a new home.
Couzens - Member for Geelong
At the youth forums I held in 2020, a youth
hub was something almost all young people identified as needed in the central
Geelong area. I
am pleased that this is moving closer to a reality.
Having young people
included in the design of the space, and what services the youth hub should
provide, is critical to the future success of the hub.
Establishing the Geelong Youth Hub is not just about having
physical space. This
important project is a testament to Geelong's commitment to nurturing its young
population and providing a platform for their growth, development, and
City of Greater Geelong invites all stakeholders, service providers, and young
people to actively participate in the co-creation of this landmark initiative.
Councillor Sarah Hathway - Inclusion
and Care portfolio chair
I am pleased to
know that young people will be directly involved in co-designing the Geelong
young people in the co-design of the Geelong Youth Hub is not just about
creating a space for them; it's about empowering them to shape their own
futures and be active participants in building a community that reflects their
fact that our Youth Council have advocated for this and will be involved in the
co-design of the Geelong Youth Hub right from the start of the project, is