Im­proved fa­cil­i­ties for at-risk chil­dren

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

THE Kens­ing­ton PCYC has of­fi­cially opened af­ter a ma­jor ren­o­va­tion that will ben­e­fit at-risk kids in the area.

About $1.1 mil­lion has been in­vested into the build­ing from the State Gov­ern­ment as part of a statewide up­grade pro­gram, while the Town of Vic­to­ria Park also made a $140,000 con­tri­bu­tion.

Among the up­grades is a re­fur­bished Safe Space, train­ing rooms and kitchen, as well as ex­panded work­shops and a new servery.

The Kens­ing­ton Out of School Care Cen­tre now has a new roof, gut­ters and down­pipes, and sec­tions of the bound­ary fence have been mod­i­fied, while the the Vic­to­ria Park Men’s Shed fa­cil­i­ties have also been up­graded.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Town of Vic­to­ria Park, City of South Perth and both sides of pol­i­tics, in­clud­ing Po­lice Min­is­ter Liza Har­vey, at­tended the open­ing on Fe­bru­ary 22.

PCYC chief ex­ec­u­tive John Gille­spie said the re­fur­bish­ment of the cen­tre, along with oth­ers around WA, would push the or­gan­i­sa­tion in a new di­rec­tion.

“It’s all about as­sist­ing the de­vel­op­ment of young peo­ple who are at risk and re­peat of­fend­ers as well as our boost­ing our abil­ity to work with the po­lice,” he said.

“The re­de­vel­op­ment will al­low us to cre­ate ac­tiv­i­ties for all and give back to the com­mu­nity.”

Ms Har­vey said the re­de­vel­op­ment came out of the Brown Re­view, which found that up­grades were needed to “tired” PCYC fa­cil­i­ties.

“This a great fa­cil­ity and the peo­ple work­ing at the PCYC do a tremen­dous job; they won an award for ex­cel­lence at the PCYC awards last year for their driver pro­gram,” she said.

Kens­ing­ton PCYC cen­tre man­ager Amanda Dow and chief ex­ec­u­tive John Gille­spie check out the re­fur­bished Safe Space.

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