Torquay, Anglesea, Lorne and Winchelsea Lions Clubs contributed more than $8,000 to ensure the pod could be developed.

Launched in Winchelsea, it is a mobile container that will host youth agencies such as headspace, Barwon Child, Youth and Family, and local GPs.

The pod is in response to the 2016 Surf Coast Youth Survey, which found there was a need to establish a youth facility that provided health and wellbeing services and a space to connect with others socially.

Councillor Carol McGregor said the pod aligned with Council’s goal to help young people and their families access the services and support they need. “We know that for some youth, particularly in regional areas, it’s not always possible for them to access the services they need. We want this pod to be inclusive for all, including young people who might have to overcome barriers to access a space like this,” Cr McGregor said.

The pod’s all abilities access ramp makes it accessible, while it will be powered by renewable energy.

Councillor Libby Coker is a member of Council’s Renewable Energy Taskforce. She said the inclusion of three 250W solar panels – supported by 6kW of battery storage – was a welcome feature. “The container is set-up to support agencies and staff to work out of it, providing power for equipment such as laptops, phones and speakers,” Cr Coker said. “It has also been fitted out with LED lighting.”

The pod will stay in Winchelsea until March before moving around to towns and events in the shire.

Source: Surf Coast Shire Groundswell Newsletter - Jan 2018