Empowering young people: ‘It’s a new model, and it’s happening now’

FUNHOUSE SUPPORT: Bega's Colin Wood and Caroline Begg with Funhouse Studio intern Cellestine Janiola and Tura Beach's Kirsty Faulkner outside council chambers on Wednesday. Picture: Alasdair McDonald
FUNHOUSE SUPPORT: Bega's Colin Wood and Caroline Begg with Funhouse Studio intern Cellestine Janiola and Tura Beach's Kirsty Faulkner outside council chambers on Wednesday. Picture: Alasdair McDonald

Grassroots community empowerment was on the agenda during last week’s Bega Valley Shire Council meeting.

Multi-purpose arts and community centre and co-working space Funhouse Studio is again running a crowdfunding campaign, and director Cayce Hill presented her model to councillors on Wednesday.

Ms Hill said she hoped council would embrace the concept and the benefits the space provides the community.

“Not just because it has the power to help shape our community for the better now, but also because of the future impact the space will have for generations to come,” Ms Hill said.

“2018 is about strong partnerships, and I see council as a strong partner.”

After the presentation Liz Seckold pointed out the space caters for the region’s young people who “make up 14 per cent of the population and are often neglected.”

Councillor’s Jo Dodds, Cathy Griff and Mitchell Nadin also showed their support, with Cr Griff saying she would be “very happy” to provide a mandate from council to support the space.

In the health sector, Bega Valley Medical Practice and Teen Clinic have become big supporters of the space, and a close relationship with The Mill House Social Enterprise Accelerator in Canberra is gaining momentum, Ms Hill said.

“This is upskilling our young people, and our community,” she said.

“It’s a new model, and it’s happening now.

“We won’t fully grasp it until we have the legacy.”

Tura Beach’s Kirsty Faulkner and Bega’s Colin Wood and Caroline Begg were just some of the community members at the meeting to show their support.

“We believe what Cayce is doing is tremendous for the community, and we would like to see Funhouse become self funded as she is saying,” Mr Wood said.

“We go to events and there’s every age there you could imagine, it is a great creative space mentally and physically.

“It’s an inclusive space, so anyone can walk in there.

“It is also a very relaxed, easy going environment.”