Williams Committed To New PCYC

Williams Committed To New PCYC

State Government funding for a new PCYC in Port Macquarie is fully committed, Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams reiterated today.

Mrs Williams’ comments come on the back of a stakeholders’ campaign aimed at ensuring the PCYC and Basketball Stadium upgrade goes ahead.

“I am backing the local stakeholders who along with myself and many other members of the community have been calling for a new PCYC for many years.

“I can absolutely assure our community that the $2.5 million is fully committed by the State Government and is on the table waiting for this much needed youth project to get started.

“Our money was announced on the 25th May 2012 by the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Mike Gallacher when he visited Port Macquarie alongside PCYC CEO Chris Gardiner and myself. That was 18 months ago and to still not see construction commence is very disappointing.

“It is imperative that this upgrade proceeds as soon as possible, but it is now dependent on the Federal Government having to try and find additional funding after the previous Federal Member failed to adequately ensure the $2.8 million funding application was signed off on,” Mrs Williams said.

“This was despite former Prime Minister Julia Gillard giving nine months notice of the Federal election and the now Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development giving Port Macquarie-Hastings Council numerous warnings that they need to complete their paperwork prior to the election to ensure the funding was protected.

“I have met with the newly elected Member for Lyne, David Gillespie who is working hard to try and seek the much needed funding to secure the upgraded basketball stadium.

“I am confident that David is doing everything possible to make this happen.

“At this stage the Federal Coalition Government hasn’t announced that the project will not go ahead, so there is still a possibility that it will get the tick of approval, but there is definitely no guarantee that this is a done deal.

“What I can guarantee is the State Government has the money earmarked for our PCYC and is just as keen as I am to see construction commence,” Mrs Williams said.

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