Youth facility opens in Woodend

Media Release


05 September 2016

Joint release with:

Graham Hackett

Mayor of Macedon Ranges Shire Council

Bridget McKenzie

Senator for Victoria

Youth in Woodend today celebrated the opening of the newly refurbished multi-purpose facility, which is now the home of the 2nd Woodend Scouts and equestrian groups.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said this is a facility that young people and the wider community can enjoy and participate in activities within a friendly and safe environment.

“I aim to help build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to and facilities like this make regional Australia a better place to live for everybody,” Minister Nash said.

The facility caters for around 380 participants across all of the equestrian and scouting groups.

Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie said the upgrade has now paved the way for other focus groups to access the facility.

“This is a great facility for Woodend for all young people in the town, particularly for Scouts and equestrian groups.

“I welcome such initiatives for rural areas which give young people more focus and provides a place to meet and participate in wide-ranging activities,” Senator McKenzie said.

Mayor of Macedon Ranges Shire Council Graham Hackett said this is important project that has provided some significant outcomes for the young people of Woodend.

The Woodend Youth facility is a jointly funded project with the Australian Government contributing $50,000 and the Macedon Ranges Shire Council providing in-kind project management and other support.