Ceremony marks local PCYC’s return
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.
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.