Facelift for Onslow Youth Centre Grounds
Visitors to the Onslow Youth Centre can now enjoy a welcoming outdoor space, thanks to the efforts of job seekers from REFAP’s Community Pride activity.
Under the direction of activity supervisor and builder, Italo Palermo, participants have built and installed custom-made timber bench seating, and an outdoor servery. They also laid new lawn and retic, and worked in the garden – clearing land, putting up trellis and creating a shaded area.
Besides improving the aesthetics and usability of the facility’s outdoor areas, the participants have learned new skills in the process.
REFAP’s Employment Consultant in Onslow, Ethane Whitby, said the job seekers have been working at the local Youth Centre for the past 6 months, primarily maintaining the grounds.
“It’s good to see the Community Pride participants engaging with the local youth and assisting in the community,” he said. “The revamped outdoor space is a great improvement.”
Formerly the Onslow power station, the Onslow Youth Centre aims to provide a safe and inclusive environment within the local community. It offers various activities and opportunities to engage the youth of the region.
Community Pride is one of the activities under the Community Development Program, an Australian government initiative that works with job seekers, organisations, employers, community members and stakeholders to increase employment and build stronger communities in remote areas.
Participants of Community Pride have previously helped with a number of local gardening activities, including the Onslow Community Garden, Bindi Bindi Aboriginal Community Garden, and the cemetery. They also help the elderly with all sorts of gardening projects.