Work starts on new centre

One step closer: A sod-turning ceremony was held last week to mark the beginning of construction of the Fairfield Youth and Community Centre.

One step closer: A sod-turning ceremony was held last week to mark the beginning of construction of the Fairfield Youth and Community Centre.

FAIRFIELD Youth and Community Centre is one step closer to becoming a reality after works to construct the $9.96 million facility began last week.

The occasion was marked with a sod-turning ceremony, which saw Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone and Liberal senator Marise Payne in attendance.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the new centre would provide first-class facilities for local youth oriented programs and services.

"The federal government has committed $7.35 million towards the new centre, which will host a range of educational, vocational, recreational, cultural and social activities for young people," Mr Truss said in a statement.

Mrs Payne, who represented Mr Truss at the event, said contractor FDC Constructions Pty Ltd would now begin major works.

The new youth centre will feature two program rooms, a large hall with office space for centre managers, a kitchenette, a reception area, a kiosk and a storage area.

The facility will also have WiFi, a security system with a portable distress alarm, sports equipment and external landscaping with outdoor furniture.

Councillor Carbone said members of the youth advisory committee, local state MPs and residents had worked hard to bring the project to fruition.

"This will be a wonderful place for young people and families to spend valuable time together," he said.

Other contributors include Fairfield Council ($2 million), the state government ($308,500) and Mounties ($250,000). The facility is expected to open in November, 2015.

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