Tender awarded for youth space

Young people will enjoy an upgraded recreation and community facility with a construction contract awarded for the Inverleigh Active Youth Space.

Golden Plains Shire Council awarded a $2,053,608 contract to LJM Construction during its Tuesday, February 27, meeting to upgrade Inverleigh’s Yerram Yaluk Bun Play Space.

The project will feature a new skate park, pump track, 3×3 basketball courts, seating, shelters, lighting and beautification works.

Golden Plains Shire Mayor Brett Cunningham said the youth space was a significant community project and thanked the federal and state governments for the funding support.

“We’re pleased to be able to deliver this purpose-built space for young people in Inverleigh and surrounding towns,” he said.

“Planning for the Inverleigh Active Youth Space included an extensive community-driven engagement process with community stakeholders, local young people and families.

“This project will provide residents in Inverleigh and the wider community with more opportunities to encourage physical activity, social connection and outdoor play, especially for younger people.”

Preparation work on the youth space is expected to start in March, with the construction predicted to be completed by September this year.

The $2.3 million partnership project included design and construction costs and a $700,000 funding commitment from the federal government.

Council also contributed $150,000 and successfully applied to the state government’s Growing Suburbs Fund for $1.48 million for the project.