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Super session’ for active kids in West Cairns

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A youth ‘super session’ will celebrate the second round of a project that’s keeping children off the streets in West Cairns through free and easily accessible activities. 

Over the past two months, Space and Place Activities for Youth in Cairns (SPAYC) delivered structured activities for young people through a partnership between Cairns Safer Streets, Australian Red Cross, Cairns Regional Council, Centacare and PCYC.

Boredom-busting activities included street soccer, ‘active sports’, the ‘deadly running and walking group’ and ‘deadly fun games’, as well as life-skills workshops.

The first seven weeks of round two has delivered 41 activities in total and attracted almost 90 young people per week.

Cairns Safer Streets chair, David Goodinson, said the success of the SPAYC project meant it would continue into 2019, with the Queensland Government recently announcing funding of $1 million over three years.

“This is a place-based approach to divert young people away from anti-social behaviour through structured activities,” Mr Goodinson said.

“Not all families have easy access to transport or sporting facilities, which is why we’re using spaces and places that are easy for young people to get to and where they can participate in healthy, pro-social activities. 

“Friday's ‘super session’ is an opportunity to acknowledge our partner agencies and activity providers and most importantly bring together the young people who’ve been participating, and their families.”

In round two, activities were delivered at Cairns West State School, the Manunda Sporting Precinct, Murray Street Park in Manoora, Shang Street Park in Mooroobool, the Mooroobool Hub, Henley’s Hill Park in Earlville, and Coastwatcher’s Park at Trinity Beach.

To mark its success, a super session of activities will be held at Shang Street Park, Mooroobool from 4pm to 6pm on Friday. This is also a White Ribbon event, with local White Ribbon Ambassadors attending.

The event will be followed by a Cairns Regional Council movie night, with a BBQ and entertainment starting at 6pm and the family movie Coco commencing at 7pm.