Two Morrinsville youth advocates want to give the town's youth a place that is safe and fun.
Jade Lynn and Grace McQuoid are searching for a suitable space for a youth hub, somewhere the town's young people could hang out, play games, eat, while having access to services.
The pair made an ambitious pitch to the Matamata-Piako District Council last week, seeking support after their own funding and search for a suitable space fell short.
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In their submission they suggested using the grass area outside the Morrinsville Library, but ultimately they wanted a large building in the CBD.
Youth worker Lynn told Stuff the town hasn't changed from when she was 15 years old.
"We would drink, do drugs, party, throw rocks at things, all because we were bored."
Now 31, Lynn said the youth are still having the same problems.
"We need to break that cycle and give them a place that is safe and fun.
"Home isn't always a safe place for our youth, so we need somewhere that is.
"Most of the time, if the parents change, the children will change."
Eighteen-year-old McQuoid said some youths feel like they can't talk to their parents and that can be part of the problem.
While the community has voiced support for the idea, it hasn't managed to get over the line in the years Lynn has been advocating for it.
"We tried setting it up before, but funding is always a problem," Lynn said.
She's even happy to pay for the hub out of her own pocket.
"That's how passionate I am about it. We just need others to come onboard and invest."
District mayor Ash Tanner said the proposal was well-received by council.
"It would be good to have a safe place for the youth to go," Tanner said.
"It's about finding an area that suits."
Once the Long Term Plan is signed off, Tanner said council will look at the next steps and start focusing on some community initiatives.
"It's nonetheless a good idea, and it's important that we do try to accommodate, if we can.
"I'm keen to engage with them further down the track."
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