Cer­e­mony marks lo­cal PCYC’s re­turn

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

The smell of pop­corn and sound of chat­ter­ing chil­dren filled Roe­bourne’s 50 Cent Hall last Wed­nes­day to celebrate the han­dover of the fa­cil­ity from the City of Kar­ratha to the Po­lice and Com­mu­nity Youth Cen­tre.

A rib­bon-cut­ting cer­e­mony was held and those who helped the lo­cal PCYC branch get back on its feet were hon­oured.

Pil­bara dis­trict Su­per­in­ten­dent Jo McCabe said the PCYC was an im­por­tant in­sti­tu­tion as a cen­tre of the Roe­bourne com­mu­nity. “It is our way to con­nect with the com­mu­nity and help di­vert kids from crime and an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour,” she said.

“We have re­ally bro­ken down those per­cep­tions about po­lice just be­ing law en­forcers and opened up that abil­ity to cre­ate re­ally good part­ner­ships with the kids.

“They are not afraid of the uni­form any­more, which is what we re­ally want.”

Supt McCabe said it was good to see the Roe­bourne PCYC grow­ing again af­ter ly­ing dor­mant for years.

PCYC act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Jes­per Sen­tow said the 50 Cent Hall gave the or­gan­i­sa­tion a good base for its oper­a­tions in Roe­bourne.

“We are happy to be there and do our best to of­fer recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties not al­ready cov­ered in town,” he said.

“Hope­fully, we can bet­ter com­ple­ment what is al­ready on of­fer in Roe­bourne now.

“Ob­vi­ously our tar­get is youth, but the cen­tre will be open for the gen­eral public as well.”

Mr Sen­tow said the PCYC was grate­ful for the City of Kar­ratha’s sup­port.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Gor­don Musulin and Kirsty Levi from the PCYC, Pil­bara Dis­trict Su­per­in­ten­dent Jo McCabe, City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long, Terry Nor­ris and Chris­tian Bright from Mon­adelp­hous.

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