Friday, September 18th, 2009
TO celebrate its first year of operation, the Cockburn Youth Centre is holding a community party on October 3 with a cavalcade of free activities.

From 11am to 7pm, the first birthday celebrations will include amusement rides, a skate competition, youth class performances and showcases, a barbecue, youth bands and a performance from Perth hip-hop act Downsyde.

Playing tracks from their latest album All City, Downsyde are renowned for their urban grooves and have scored a plethora of WA Music Industry and Australian Dance Music Awards and nominations over the past six years.

The $6 million Cockburn Youth Centre has become a hub for young people living and working in the area over the past year, offering a range of recreational and social programs that aim to support the personal and professional development of young people.

Since it opened, more than 10,000 people have used the centre – the largest youth facility in WA – with the majority aged between 10 and 16.

The double-level, state-of-the-art building includes a fully-equipped, soundproof recording studio, IT room with internet access, gaming consoles, a basketball ring, skate area, an all-purpose space for young people and a theatre area.

It also accommodates staff from the City of Cockburn’s Youth Services, as well as other young services in Cockburn, offering a chance for young people to seek career and health advice at the same venue.

Cockburn Youth Centre Coordinator Mary-Jane Rigby said that, since opening, the centre had proved highly popular with 50 young people coming through its doors daily.

“We’ve facilitated many classes and activities including art, drama, guitar, drumming, self-defence, singing, meditation, skate and circus workshops, song writing and recording, dance, cooking and computer animation, among others,” she said.

“The centre allows young people to have a sense of ownership at a place that is secure, where they can also learn personal and professional development skills.

“We’ve received such a positive response from the community with groups using the facilities to conduct meetings, information sessions and functions.

“It’s been fantastic to see so many young people coming in over the past year to get involved in our programs that cater specifically for them.”

Open to all ages, the community party celebrating the centre’s first birthday is an alcohol and drug-free event. The Cockburn Youth Centre is located at 25 Wentworth Parade, Success.

Downsyde will be playing as part of the Cockburn Youth Centre’s first birthday celebrations on October 3.

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City of Cockburn

The City of Cockburn celebrates its 30th birthday in 2009, regarded as one of Perth’s fastest growing and culturally-diverse local governments.

With a population of about 80,000, it has grown into one of Perth’s most dynamic and successful areas. The population is made up of a large percentage of children, families and seniors, and a large percentage of people born overseas (28.8%).

As a developing city, Cockburn has a good mix of residential, rural and conservation areas and has more than 2000 businesses. The City of Cockburn, as a council, has a continuing mission to make the area the most attractive place to live, work and visit in the metropolitan area.
Chris Thomas
P: (08) 9411 3551


Cockburn Youth Centre celebrates first anniversary with a feast of fun and community activities


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