A SAFE place encouraging local children to gather, play and socialise has opened in Undera.
Stage one of the Undera Youth SPOT officially opened on Thursday, as part of a Greater Shepparton City Council initiative that will be introduced to small towns across the region.
The journey to develop a youth space was started five years ago by Ramp it Up committee representative Janet Batten, who was pleased to see SPOT open.
The Undera community celebrated with a barbecue lunch, free art activities, face painting and entertainment, and young people were able to come along and try out the new space.
Council’s acting community director Amanda Tingay was happy to see stage one of the project complete.
‘‘Each youth SPOT is unique to their town and it is great to see the young people enjoying the space, which has been designed for young people by young people,’’ Ms Tingay said.
‘‘The space features power and lots of seating options, allowing young people to gather, socialise, play and simply hang out.
‘‘I would like to thank the Undera community for their assistance in bringing this space to fruition, and the local young people for the assistance with the design. I hope the community enjoys their new space.’’
Four new SPOTs will be built across Greater Shepparton this financial year.