Council launches Youth Energy Precinct plan

Darwin City Council Lord Mayor Graeme Sawyer was pleased to launch the concept plan for the Youth Energy Precinct (YEP).

The Youth Energy Precinct will aim to be a thriving centre of programs, celebrations and activities for young people in Darwin.

Lord Mayor Sawyer said young people in Darwin had indicated a desire for the YEP to provide social opportunities, music and performance activities, creative arts programs, pre-vocational courses and other youth events.

“Council is very pleased to launch the plan on this vital precinct for our young people,” he said.

“We are hoping the YEP will develop as a hub that supports programs on and offsite and be a safe and vibrant place for our young people.”

Lord Mayor Sawyer said the aim was to include young people in all aspects of the project including the design, development and management of the projects.

“We aim to use these facilities to foster and support participation by all young people regardless of gender, ethnicity, religion or residential location – Council is excited to offer a fantastic space for our young people.”

Initial concept designs for a core facility have been costed at $10million and operating costs are estimated at around $1milllion per annum.

Darwin City Council will commit to 50 per cent funding of the annual net operating subsidy and is seeking Expressions of Interest for the sale of the Leanyer Depot site and adjoining land on the corner of Vanderlin Drive and Leanyer Drive to fund its capital contribution towards the Youth Energy Precinct and plans.

Council will work with potential financial partners and the young people to find suitable locations for the hub and other elements of the Youth Energy Precinct