A one stop youth hub at Rosebud

Published on 26 October 2021

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Imagine a Peninsula, where our young people from the southern end do not have to travel to Mornington or even further to access youth services, but instead can find a full range of youth services in one dedicated hub?
Well that day is one step closer, with great progress being made on our youth services facility at Olympic Park, Rosebud.

We're pleased to say our design concept plans have been approved and we're keen to keep this project moving.
Earlier this year we announced we’d secured $4.3 million, one of the largest ever funding amounts from the State Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund. This will add to the $1.5 million commitment from the Federal Government to help build the new youth hub in Rosebud.
We surveyed 1000 young people aged 10 to 25 from the Southern Peninsula and they told us loud and clear Rosebud was the preferred location for the youth hub with 41 per cent saying it ‘felt safe’ to be at Olympic Park. Close proximity to public transport and other facilities and walking distance from nearby schools all helped support the location.
The new youth hub includes a full range of youth services and spaces including:

  • drop in youth space
  • mental health support
  • information and referral
  • personal development programs
  • Indigenous support and programs
  • LQBTQI+ support and programs
  • youth leadership opportunities
  • employment and education assistance
  • youth support service
  • recreation and art spaces
  • meeting rooms and workspaces
  • classrooms.

The project has sprung to life through the hard work of our staff, Councillors and our local contributors.
The two-year build will start late 2022 but as all good things come to those who wait, we will have an amazing resource for our young people by November 2024.
We'll be coming back to you next year to have your say on some of the external design choices, so make sure you stay tuned!
If you have any questions, we want to hear from you. Please keep in touch at: infrastructureplanning@mornpen.vic.gov.au
To have a sneak peek of the design plans and subscribe for future updates please visit: mornpen.vic.gov.au/youthhub
Quotes attributable to Mayor Councillor Despi O’Connor:
“The new youth hub responds to the needs of our young people from the Southern Peninsula. It will provide multi-disciplinary services under the one roof with the opportunity to expand on the services in the future.
We thank our schools, service providers, and other stakeholders for their fantastic contribution so far.”
Quotes attributable to Seawinds Ward Councillors Antonella Celi, Debra Mar and Kerri McCafferty:

“As Seawinds Councillors we are delighted, Rosebud will be the home for this much needed facility to support our young people on the Southern Peninsula.
With a team of experts who understand the needs of young people, this youth-friendly site will provide mental health and wellbeing programs, education, training and recreation support services. The hub will also provide access to pre-employment, vocational and other training programs to help our young people become work ready. This hub is a major boost for the area and will provide tailor made and targeted services for young people on the Southern Peninsula.” 

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