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Jamberoo Youth Hall: By the Community, for the Community

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31 March 2024, 11:00 PM

Jamberoo Youth Hall: By the Community, for the Community

Nestled alongside Reid Park and the Jamberoo Sports precincts stands the Jamberoo Youth Hall, a humble yet invaluable asset to the community. On May 15th, 1988, this hall was officially opened by past Mayor Neil Fredericks, marking the culmination of years of dedication and hard work by the locals in Jamberoo. Fast forward to March 23rd, 2024, and the hall was once again at the centre of community celebrations, commemorating its rich history and the countless memories it has fostered over the years.



The hall's origins trace back to the visionary Les Hartenstein, who saw the need for a central venue where youth groups could meet and store their equipment. With groups scattered across various facilities, the idea of a common space for youth activities and community functions took root.



Kiama Council joined hands with the community, offering a dollar-for-dollar deal to kickstart the project. What ensued was a remarkable display of community spirit, with residents coming together to fundraise, volunteer labour, and donate materials.



The original deed of 1982 laid down the hall's purpose – to serve primarily as a hub for youth activities. Over the years, it has evolved into a versatile space, accommodating a wide array of community gatherings. From Scouts and Guides to Playgroups and dance classes, the hall has been a constant presence in the lives of Jamberoo's residents. The Jamberoo Country Women's Association also found a home in the hall, further enriching its role as a community centre and developing a huge group of young women participating today.



The recent event on March 23rd, 2024, was a testament to the enduring legacy of the Youth Hall. Acting Mayor Imogen Draisma eloquently spoke on the hall's significance, highlighting its role in fostering community bonds and nurturing generations of young people. Committee members, hall users past and present, along with local dignitaries, gathered to reminisce and celebrate.



A series of historic photographic display panels were prepared, showcasing the hall's journey from conception to fruition by Stuart Richards. Community members were encouraged to contribute their memories and photos, ensuring that the event truly reflected the collective spirit of Jamberoo.



One thing remains clear – Jamberoo Youth Hall is more than just a building. It is a symbol of community resilience, unity, and the enduring commitment to nurturing the youth and heritage of Jamberoo.



Congratulations to the committee members, especially the long serving ones, for keeping the memories alive.