FAIRFIELD youth are a step closer to benefiting from a new facility after initial works on the Fairfield Youth and Community Centre began last week.
Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said the $8.5 million facility will feature basketball courts and rock climbing facilities when it's complete.
"Children and families will be able to spend time together climbing walls, shooting hoops and enjoying all the facility has to offer," he said.
"It will also contain other features such as trampolines, a large hall, more parking and educational program rooms for local residents."
Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone said the centre was a major investment in the community.
"We understand from community feedback that residents want more activities available for youth," Cr Carbone said.
"And this project delivers on that in a big way."
"We have designed this centre to cater for the interests of many and I am looking forward to its completion."
The federal government contributed $7.3 million towards to project and Fairfield Council provided more than $900,000.
The project will support 21 full-time jobs during construction and about three ongoing positions to staff the centre.