Budget’s $40 million PCYC boost ‘huge for communities’, including Kempsey

PCYC NSW has welcomed, as a boost for NSW communities, the state government’s announcement of new funding of almost $40 million for its clubs network in NSW.

CEO Dominic Teakle said PCYC was unique among youth organisations because it was the only one which was a partnership between the community and the NSW Police Force.

“PCYC is humbled by this announcement which is tribute to the NSW Police Commissioner’s focus on Youth and Crime prevention and the legacy born of a partnership between Police, Rotary and the community which began more than 80 years ago,” he said.

“PCYC represents a trusted institution that empowers young people and implements crime prevention, health, fitness and community programs and activities right around the state, reflecting the community we serve,” he said.

The NSW government has allocated nearly $40 million over four years to PCYC to help build four new clubs and upgrade five existing facilities as part of the 2018-19 state budget.

More than $6 million has been allocated in the first year.

A new multimillion dollar PCYC will be built in Windsor to support the growing demand for indoor youth and recreation facilities. This PCYC is fully funded by the NSW government.

Three regional PCYCs in Wagga Wagga, Walgett and Dubbo will also be completely replaced.

“Windsor is a growth area for young people and families and this new PCYC will fill a youth a community need for indoor sport and recreation,” Mr Teakle said.

“The $6 million Walgett facility will be a great asset for that remote community and a testimony to the committed youth in the region. PCYC Dubbo will be part of a partnership with local government and Charles Sturt University and the $10 million allocation for the Wagga redevelopment will provide a much-needed indoor sports facility in an iconic sports heartland.”

A further five clubs will receive major upgrades: Albury, Bourke, Kempsey, Griffith and Moree.

At Kempsey, $500,000 has been allocated to upgrade the sports court to enable multifunctionality for a variety of activities and programs, including basketball, archery, futsal, netball, indoor cricket and other group fitness activities that the youth and community will enjoy.

Mr Teakle said PCYC was at the heart of the community and with police in every club, PCYC facilities host educational, character-building and physically active youth programs and diversion projects that give young people purpose, focus and mentorship to make positive life choices.

“This investment by the NSW government will help strengthen the relationships we facilitate between young people and police officers.

“The $40 million boost to PCYC ensures youth and the community have modern and safe facilities to participate in a range of sporting and recreational activities.”

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