Gayndah YMCA saved by merger
YMCA Bundaberg will formalise its takeover of YMCA Gayndah, Australia’s smallest independent YMCA, this month.
Merger talks were initiated last July when YMCA Gayndah’s annual licence fee skyrocketed from $1000 to $10,000 a year.
YMCA Bundaberg’s board president Ross Peddlesden said the merger meant “absolutely no loss of service to the Gayndah community”.
“In time, we hope services will be enhanced and we’ve already put in a grant to improve YMCA Gayndah,” Mr Peddlesden said.
Mr Peddlesden was “pretty confident” one seat on the Bundaberg board would be offered to YMCA Gayndah. YMCA Gayndah’s former president Dael Giddins said the merger was positive, with growth in memberships and services expected over time.
Mrs Giddins said YMCA-organised mixed netball, basketball, tai chi, gym and aerobic classes would continue.