On 14 May I had the pleasure of representing the Minister for Victorian Communities in the other place in announcing funding for two new and improved community spaces in Geelong — the Geelong youth activity area and the Northside Geelong community centre. Located in the waterfront precinct, the Geelong youth activity area will be a multi-use outdoor space for performances, dance, music events and sporting activities. It will provide a central point for all youth activities in the area, such as National Youth Week, and will offer interactive media and wireless internet on site. This area will continue to be shaped by the involvement of local young people, ensuring that it is a public space and place that reflects the needs of our youth in Geelong.
The Northside Geelong Community Centre refurbishment and expansion will enable many more members of our community to come together and connect with each other, whilst having access to a wide range of services. This much-needed resource will provide a positive model and pathways to empowerment for our local people. Both projects show what can be achieved when we do work together as a community and government. They are great examples of identifying solutions for local issues, and I look forward to being involved in seeing both projects from construction to opening and fulfilling the aspirations of our people in Geelong, particularly our youth.