Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Young Victorians are being encouraged to submit their ideas for the branding of Youth Space Latrobe in Morwell, as it prepares to hold the first of many youth-focused events.

Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos today opened entries for a branding competition, which will ultimately formally name Youth Space Latrobe and an associated logo.

Applications are open until Thursday, 1 November 2018, with the winning entries to be announced later that month.

In addition to the branding competition, three skate clinics are also planned as part of the Youth Space initiative:

  • Tuesday 25 September – George Street Skate Park, Moe
  • Tuesday 2 October – Commercial Road Skate Park, Morwell
  • Wednesday 3 October – McDonald Way Skate Park, Churchill

An interim site for the Youth Space has been secured in Mid Valley shopping centre, with the longer term site set to be announced shortly.

The Andrews Labor Government committed $4.3 million over three years to establish Youth Space and provide a range of activities and services to meet the needs of young people in Latrobe, including those from diverse backgrounds.

The Youth Space Latrobe consortia consists of Berry Street, Baw Baw Latrobe Local Learning and Employment Network, Scouts Victoria, Quantum Support Services, Latrobe Youth Voices, Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency, the Gathering Place, AGL Loy Yang, Centre for Multicultural Youth and Gipps Sport, led by the YMCA.

Young people aged 12 to 25 years from Latrobe have played an important role in developing Youth Space. For more information about the Youth Space Latrobe naming and design competition, visit

Quotes attributable to Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos

“It’s exciting to see the interest in Youth Space Latrobe increasing as we get closer to an official opening date – our hope is that this site continues to grow in ways that locals and young people in the community have envisaged themselves.”

“I encourage all young people to share their creative ideas to the Youth Space naming and branding competition – it’s a great way to gain skills and make this space their own.”

Quotes attributable to Youth Space Latrobe Manager Kylie Dubrich-McLoughlin

“We are excited to be starting off the Youth Space and whilst we await for the long term site to be established we want to be out in our community meeting young people and telling them about what the Youth Space can offer.”

“It will be great to see young people and the community at these events to brush up on skating skills with the YMCA Skate Team, hang out with friends, make new ones, and have some free lunch while they’re there.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Harriet Shing

At every step of the way, young locals have been at the heart of developing the new Latrobe Youth Space, and their work and ideas will ensure that this Space really has something for everyone.”

“So if you are a Latrobe Valley local aged 12-25 and have a design or name in mind, make sure you enter the competition and have your say.”