The development of a state-of-the-art PCYC facility in Grafton at the Grafton Sports Centre site was officially announced on Thursday, 20 December 2018.
Representatives from PCYC NSW were joined by Clarence Valley local young people, Police, the State Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis MP, Mayor of Clarence Valley Councillor Jim Simmons and key community stakeholders to confirm plans and to further highlight the importance of collaboration.
The development of PCYC Grafton is a result of Clarence Valley Council, Coffs Clarence Police Command and donors like the John Laing Charitable Trust and Serco Foundation wanting to support the Clarence Valley youth and community to get active in life and build community resilience.
“PCYC NSW is committed to delivering a modern, fit-for-purpose community sport and recreation facility for the entire community of Clarence Valley, with a focus on providing a place of recreation, activity and belonging for local young people,” said Dominic Teakle, CEO, PCYC NSW.
“We are proud to be part of this project and grateful that the Grafton community has embraced PCYC so enthusiastically. PCYC NSW was founded 81 years ago on a foundation of partnerships – between Police and Rotary working within the community. This tradition remains strong today and PCYC Grafton is a great example of what can be achieved through genuine passion, unwavering determination and strong community and Police partnerships. We are better together.”
Clarence Valley Mayor, Jim Simmons said a PCYC in Grafton would be of enormous benefit to young people living in the Clarence Valley.
“There has been an interest and steady push for a PCYC here for at least 10 years and I couldn’t be happier that it is now on its way,” he said.
“In just over 12 months we have seen a new headspace open, the Clarence Youth Action team really hit its stride and the Our Healthy Clarence team deliver great services for the young.”“Together these services provide a wonderful opportunity for the youth of the Clarence.”
Welcoming the announcement, Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis said this is a terrific Christmas present for youth in the Clarence Valley.
“We value our kids and a PCYC will help keep our young people fit and healthy in both mind and body.”
“I applaud PCYC NSW for investing in our youth, and thank everyone who has worked in partnership with them in helping bring this much needed facility to fruition,” Mr Gulaptis said.
PCYC NSW is working to ensure the new Grafton facility will meet the needs of the community. PCYC prides itself on taking a tailored and collaborative community-focused approach and this will remain at the centre of development plans for PCYC Grafton.
PCYC will be working with the local Council, Police and community to provide a facility where young people can stay active in life, connect with others and reach their full potential.
Clarence Valley locals can have their say through the PCYC NSW Community Consultation Survey. Feedback provided will help shape plans for the new PCYC Grafton and will inform the services and activities which will be delivered in the new facility.