Green light for construction on youth greenspace
Construction has begun on phase two of the headspace Bathurst Greenspace – an outside space designed specifically for local young people.
Jake Byrne, headspace Bathurst Community Engagement Officer, says the second phase will see the finishing touches to the area.
“We’re going to be including a shade sail for summer months and, after speaking with young people, we’ll be incorporating more art spaces like a blackboard and another art wall to be designed by a local young person,” Mr Byrne said.
Created in 2017, the Greenspace serves as an area for young people to relax before appointments, and regularly hosts youth groups such as the centre’s Youth Reference Group and LGBTIQA+ social group, Spectrum.
“The Greenspace would not exist if it weren’t for the generosity of local groups such as CSU Rugby Club, CSU Soccer Club, Bathurst Spring Spectacular, Annie’s Ice Cream, and the Great Walk Foundation – Bathurst to Blaxland Walkers. We’re grateful to have a community that supports our work and local young people,” Mr Byrne said.
Skillset are providing staff and expertise to complete the project, ensuring young people have a safe space in uncertain times.
Graham Stirling, Skillset Land Works Operations Manager, says they are proud to be working on phase two of the Greenspace.
“Land Works are proud to partner with headspace Bathurst to complete the Greenspace and give our Bathurst Land Works crew the opportunity to work on a project that benefits local young people. In collaboration with headspace we have designed and helped to construct a complete garden with various functional zones for all seasons.”
The project is expected to be completed in the coming months, after which the centre will be organising a celebration to thank all the those who have donated so generously to create this space.
headspace Bathurst is supported by funding from Western NSW Primary Health Network through the Australian Government’s PHN Program.