Gayn­dah YMCA saved by merger

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

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.

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