Albury’s young people celebrate café opening

25 November 2016

While the name may be symbolic with a bygone era, the opening of Albury’s trendy new Retro Lane Café overlooking QEII Square is all about the future.

The Council owned and operated café at the rear of the LibraryMuseum has been designed and developed in partnership with the city’s young people and replaces the former youth café in Dean Street which was closed in 2014 to make way for MAMA.

AlburyCity has invested $1.39M in the café, providing young people with a safe and central place to have fun and hang-out.

AlburyCity Mayor, Kevin Mack, says council has worked closely with the Retro Youth Management Committee in bringing the café to fruition, including a say on the location, name, décor, technology, menu and ongoing programs and events.

“These young people are our future and I am so impressed with their enthusiasm and hard work in making this project a reality. The café aims to make a social difference to young people. There’ll be regular Friday night gigs, school holiday and after school programs, homework and study assistance, arts and performance workshops, resume writing, job seeking skills and much more,” Cr  Mack said.

“It’s a safe place where young people can meet, access information and technology, read or borrow materials or simply just hang-out.”

Youth Management Committee member, Harry Reid, says Albury is one of the few places in Australia that has a dedicated youth space that offers so much support and assistance for young people.

“We are very fortunate to not only have this amazing café, but also the range of programs and events designed to engage young people in a space where they feel safe and inclusive.” Harry said.

“This provides a fantastic opportunity for service providers to engage with young people across all demographics. We want to see youth service organisations, community groups and educational providers run workshops, ongoing programs or meetings at the café and youth space.”

Cr Mack thanked the funding partners who contributed to the project including the State Government through the State Library of NSW public libraries infrastructure fund and Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society Murray River which provided funding for the vibrant mural that adorns the internal walls of the cafe.

Find further information about the café including opening hours, menu, room hire, programs and events.