Opinion sought: Is another youth centre needed?

Gosford Council has sought public opinion on the need for another youth centre on the Peninsula.

Council’s Building Committee has employed consultants, CD Recreation Services, to gauge public sentiment.

The Building Committee wants to ensure the present Peninsula Community Centre; the Police Citizens Youth Club and the proposed youth centre will cover the needs of residents.

CD recreation Services had been conducting surveys at Woy Woy Pool in early April.

Gosford Council’s acting recreation facilities manager, Ian Rhodes, said council did not get a large response from the surveys.

“We didn’t get a huge response from the surveys which we left at Peninsula schools, libraries and at the pool, but what we did get back were constructive,’ he said.

“A draft report is due on my desk next week.”

Mr Rhodes said the survey was to see if another youth centre was viable.

While not wanting to pre-empt the report’s findings, he said the youth centre at Osborne Avenue in Umina and the Web at Woy Woy already cater for ‘at risk youth’ and the new centre may be for other youth.

“Many Peninsula areas were being considered, including combining the new centre with the existing Woy Woy Pool to create a wet and dry indoor multi-purpose recreation centre,” said Mr Rhodes.

Gosford Council would build the centre.

Council is considering the option to lease the centre to the private sector to run.

The centre may have a cafe, kiosk, child minding facilities and a large area for basketball courts or other indoor activity.

Funding would come from council’s allocation of $1.5 million towards youth on the Peninsula and at Kincumber.

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