PCYC Project On Track For Port Macquarie

PCYC Project On Track For Port Macquarie

A PCYC could go ahead on land at the Hastings Secondary College, Port Macquarie under a plan revealed yesterday by Education Minister Rob Stokes.

Mr Stokes and Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams today announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed to examine the feasibility of building a new PCYC in Port Macquarie.

The proposed PCYC will be built on land at the Hastings Secondary College, Port Macquarie Campus in Owen Street and will form part of an elite sports training academy.

Mr Stokes said he was please to support the proposal. “If the feasibility study is successful, I see this as a win-win for the local community with a PCYC and a specialised sports facility in the same location,” Mr Stokes said.

“When Leslie Williams first discussed the idea of establishing a PCYC on school grounds in Port Macquarie it seemed to be a very logical step.”

“We have land available at the Campus and there is a need for a sporting social hub for young people in a safe environment with programs and activities that target the whole community.”

Mrs Williams said the local community has been crying out for a new PCYC for years.

“We got close to establishing one in 2012 but it wasn’t supported by the then Port Macquarie-Hastings Council to have it built as part of the Regional Stadium expansion,” she said.

“Now with this MOU we have a second chance of re-establishing a PCYC as part of a Centre of Sporting Excellence at the Port Macquarie Campus of the Hastings Secondary College.

The proposed PCYC and Centre of Sporting Excellence would include a minimum of two basketball courts, a multi-purpose activity space for boxing, martial arts, group fitness and dance and elite gymnastics, ‘hang out spaces’ as well as PCYC Youth Command Offices and consultation rooms.

The total cost of the facility is expected to be about $13 million.

“This is an exciting opportunity for the Port Macquarie community and I will be working hard to see its full potential realised once funding has been sourced,” Mrs William said.

Police Minister Troy Grant said in 2012 the NSW Government announced $2.5 million for a new PCYC in Port Macquarie and that commitment still stands.

“PCYC offers invaluable services and programs to young people to reduce juvenile crime and ensure they can have fun in a safe and secure place,” Mr Grant said.

“The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is investing in services to improve engagement and participation of young people in the community to ensure they have the support they need to thrive.

“Whether it’s through sporting activities, employment assistance, community education, or mentoring opportunities, a new PCYC will provide the services that not only reduce juvenile crime, but give all local kids a supportive place to socialise and learn new skills,” Mr Grant said.

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