Hands off our Youth Hall

It might not be pretty, but it is theirs.

After meeting strong opposition from locals, a proposal by Kiama Council for it to take over the operation and management of the Jamberoo Youth Hall has been deferred until the May Council Meeting.

“This facility was built by the community, for the community and we want to make sure the Jamberoo Youth Hall remains an icon in the village for future generations,” said Greg Walsh of the Jamberoo Combined Sports Clubs Inc at Public Access prior to the proposal being considered by councillors.

“Funding for the Hall was raised over several years by the Jamberoo Youth Hall Association and it was matched roughly on a dollar for dollar basis by Council.

“The Hall was built by Jamberoo residents.”

He refuted claims in a report to Council that the Hall is only used by a small number of user groups, saying it was used constantly.

“We have no doubt that Council has good intent in wanting to take over the Jamberoo Youth Hall, and the current caretakers Lesley and Vic East have indicated their wish to retire,” said Stuart Richards, also of the Jamberoo Combined Sports Clubs Inc.

“However a suitable local has offered to take over and work with Council to ensure the efficient ongoing operation.”

The motion to defer included a call to set up a committee of Council representatives, including councillors, and relevant local stakeholders, and for it to bring back its findings to the next Meeting.

The Youth Hall is due to benefit from around $300,000 in much needed upgrades, as part of the State Government grant funded improvements to the recreation precinct.

It is hoped that the Hall can be integrated into the overall project as a multi-purpose centre for the whole community, with a low cost fee structure to ensure its use by various groups.

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