Golden Mile Youth Hostel
Years of Operation1989 – 1999
Role Of FacilityDescribed in 1989 as providing crisis relief and medium term accommodation to 15-25 year old males. Had 24-hour access and live-in staff.
Described in 1995 as providing emergency accommodation for up to 22 young males aged 15-24 years.
Sponsoring AgencyGolden Mile Youth Hostel
Address(es)Millen Street, Boulder
Brief HistoryFunding for this service was provided through the Youth Supported Accommodation Program, which was a sub-program of the Commonwealth/State funded Supported Accommodation Assistance Program. [For notes on this program see the section on NAHA/SAAP at the beginning of Signposts].
In 1989, the service was located in Kalgoorlie in a converted school house.
In 1995, the Golden Mile Youth Hostel’s Funding Agreement with the Department outlined the purpose of the funded services, the service objectives and performance indicators:
“The purpose of the Golden Mile Youth Hostel is to provide a home like lifestyle for homeless males aged 15-24 years who are in crisis. From this safe setting residents are encouraged to seek work and develop independence; and to have a better grasp of what living in a group means.”
Service Objectives:
“Young men access the hostel and receive safe and secure accommodation and practical assistance.
Young men are able to live independently in the community.
Young men where appropriate continue or re-establish relationships with their family.
The service liaises with the Department for Community Development when an under 16 year old youth requires placement.” (Funding Agreement between the Golden Mile Youth Hostel and Family and Children’s Services 1995, as reported in the Out of Home, Preventative and Alternative Care Services Review, “Terms of Reference”, Family and Children’s Services, 1995).
The Golden Mile Youth Hostel closed in 1999. The property in Millen Street, Boulder was opened again in late 1999 when the Salvation Army Crossroads West – Kalgoorlie Boulder Youth Accommodation Service [see entry] commenced.
RecordsDepartmental case records for young people referred by the Department may reside with the Department for Child Protection.
It is unknown whether any other records are still in existence.
The Department may be able to assist people wishing to contact the Golden Mile Youth Hostel to see if they hold case records or other information that may be useful to people.
AccessWhile access to records is restricted to protect the privacy of individuals, people are encouraged to enquire.
Contact DetailsFreedom of Information
Department of Communities
Locked Bag 5000, Fremantle WA 6959
Telephone: (08) 6217 6888
Country free call: 1800 176 888