By Matt Male

A HUB dedicated to helping young people will soon open its doors in Wonthaggi.
YES Youth Hub coordinator Michael Feehan is pushing to have the Watt Street building up and running by the end of the year.
It’ll give young people a place to go, with services covering accommodation, mental health and disabilities.
It comes after $50,000 was allocated to the project through the Pick My Project initiative.
That money will be used to deck out the inside of the old Wonthaggi CFA building – also home to the Wonthaggi Boxing Club.
“Now we’re up to the building works stage, including installing a kitchen, flooring, wi-fi and computers,” Michael said.
“This is the last piece of the puzzle. Ideally, we’ll be in there by the end of the year.
“For young people, all the information and brochures they need will be in the same spot; as well as offering services and
referrals.”
The Bass Coast Shire Council’s also financially supported the project.
“Youth groups have been part of the fabric of many communities for decades,” Cr Les Larke said.
“Yet a surprisingly large number of people have never been exposed to them.”
Youth groups offer many benefits for young people, he added, such as health and fitness, teamwork and a sense of identity.
“Youth clubs are designed to help young people who perhaps struggle to feel part of a wider community or have been disadvantaged by an adverse family situation or a lack of opportunities.
“These youth are often hurt, isolated and unhappy,” he said, adding that young people will benefit from the general atmosphere of the hub.
Cr Les Larke said the council’s very supportive of the initiative and is pleased to have made a significant contribution towards the establishment of the hub.