From left to right: Kim Taylor (Woolgoolga P&C;), Jody Keys (Woolgoolga Youth Initiative), Martin Van Waelesden (Woolgoolga Chamber of Commerce), Greg Ray (WCOC) and John Black (Safe Party Squad).
From left to right: Kim Taylor (Woolgoolga P&C;), Jody Keys (Woolgoolga Youth Initiative), Martin Van Waelesden (Woolgoolga Chamber of Commerce), Greg Ray (WCOC) and John Black (Safe Party Squad). The Coffs Coast Advocate/Supplied

Woolgoolga Youth Centre gets one step closer

THE Woolgoolga Youth Centre is a step closer to becoming a hub for the youth of the community, thanks to the generosity of local businesses.

Following a number of problems with bored youth in the township, the community decided to do something about it – and have since been rallying behind the Woolgoolga Youth Initiative.

And now, thanks to a hugely successful Trivia Night fundraiser at the Seaview Tavern, the Woolgoolga Chamber of Commerce has donated a massive $1000 to the cause.

Safe Party Squad Co-ordinator John Black said the money was a huge help for the Woolgoolga Youth Centre.

“We want keep the Youth Centre open on Friday and Saturday nights, and we'll be using the money to provide things for the kids like a barbecue, we're looking at maybe getting a pool table and a video set up...There's also a basketball court next door, so we'll try and get some basketball games set up, and a kitchen, so maybe we can look at teaching nutrition and things like that.

“Anything that keeps these kids engaged and away from the drug and alcohol scene on the beach,” Mr Black said.

“Basically, the committee will be there to oversee the money and keep the place going, but we want to organise a youth committee that can advise on what they would like to see.

“There's no use us telling them what they'd like.”



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