RPP FM local radio station has a new neighbour.
The Corner Mornington Youth Centre official opened it’s doors this week to a crowd of 200 local VIP guests including Shire Councillors and students from Mt Eliza Secondary College, Padua Secondary College and The Peninsula School. The Corner is part of the Peninsula Community Theatre precinct at 91 Wilsons Road, Mornington.
The bustling site which was the former Mornington High School, now provides a purposeful and safe space for youth on the Mornington Peninsula.
Federal Member for Dunkley, The Hon. Bruce Billson MP together with Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Cr Bev Colomb officially opened The Corner.
Mr Billson addressed the room saying, “I made it my focal point as an election commitment to provide $8000,00 of government funds to build The Corner.” He said, “Young people are in a wonderful point of their lives, so much is going on, there is so much change with a world of possibilities, but for some, that can be overwhelming.”
“We can be your allies and an advocate for you to ‘tool up’ for all that’s needed for you to write your own story to be your better self. When people make change for the better, we hear them say ‘I’ve turned a corner in my life. We here can help young people to turn that corner,” Mr Billson concluded.
Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Cr Bev Colomb congratulated everyone who was involved in the program. “The Shire built up strong partnerships and relationships across our communities working on this project,” she said. “The commitment we have to our young people as we support them to be happy, healthy, achieve their dreams and goals, and an opportunity to be recognized, it’s been a very exciting journey for the Shire,” she added.
Team Leader of the Mornington Peninsula Shire Youth Services, Andrew Joseph said a few words explaining that The Corner is basically going to work as a space for young people where they can feel comfortable and safe. The Corner will run programs age specific to those between 10 – 25 years including school holiday programs.
“The Corner will provide opportunities for young people to feel connected with their community, develop skills and build relationships with young people.” Andrew added, “It’s also for young people who need additional support offering two consulting rooms where external services including Headspace, mental health services, doctors and GP’s can utilize.
The Mornington Men’s Shed is also part of the new development.
RPP FM management expresses its joy having The Corner as a new neighbour. Station Manager, Brendon Telfer would like to advise any young people who are interested in radio or work experience in the industry, come and talk. There are endless opportunities for employment in radio and media.
Photography Rab Siddhi
Pictured: L-R Team Leader of the Mornington Peninsula Shire Youth Services Andrew Joseph, Cr Anne Shaw, Mayor Cr Bev Colomb and The Hon. Bruce Billson