Blacbutt Youth Centre celebrates 20th anniversary

Shellharbour City Council’s Youth Services team will be leading the celebration for the 20th anniversary of the Blackbutt Youth Centre.

A garden party and community open day will be held at the centre (Harrison Park, Cnr Minga and Cygnett Ave) this Sunday, 15 July from 11am to 3pm. There will be a grazing table, BMX club, girl guides, drama performance, local musicians, photo gallery and a lucky door prize.  

The event promises to be a great celebration of the centre’s history over the past two decades, providing an opportunity for young people and families to check out what the youth-specific space in Shellharbour City Centre is all about.

Shellharbour Mayor Marianne Saliba said the centre had come a long way since its opening in 1998, and was a demonstration of Council’s ongoing commitment to the city’s young people.

“The centre and is a unique space specifically built for young people that grew from engagement between young people, Councillors, Council staff and community members,” Cr Saliba said.

“Shellharbour Council’s Youth Services team worked with local TAFE students to design the plan for the youth-specific space. Since then, The Blackbutt Youth Centre has seen a lot of action and a lot of change, with the building undergoing its most recent upgrade with a new paint job.

“The centre requires constant adaptation and change to keep up with the ever-changing needs and desires of young people and it is important that we as a Council continue to support this.”

Over the last 20 years the Youth Centre has hosted countless activities and events, including music and drama performances, circus training, art workshops, youth council meetings, and much more. These days, the centre also offers free Wi-Fi and video and electronic games. 

Importantly, it also acts as a referral service and provides links with other specialised service providers and support services.

Media enquiries: Kelli Wells 0448 361 008.