Funds in­ject vi­brancy into PCYC

Southern Telegraph - - News - Emily Sharp

The re­launch of the Rock­ing­ham PCYC was cel­e­brated last week with sev­eral of­fi­cials at­tend­ing the open­ing cer­e­mony.

Since clos­ing nine months ago, more than $1.1 mil­lion has been in­jected into the youth cen­tre to help it be­come more wel­com­ing and vi­brant for the re­gion’s youth and al­low for recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties and di­ver­sion­ary pro­grams to be ef­fec­tively de­liv­ered to the wider com­mu­nity.

Re­fur­bish­ments in­cluded the in­stal­la­tion of an out­door pa­tio, a fully func­tion­ing kitchen, new roof, floor­ing, cab­i­netry, car­pet and a fresh paint job.

Rock­ing­ham PCYC cen­tre man­ager Travis Young said it had been amaz­ing to see the cen­tre’s trans­for­ma­tion, de­scrib­ing it as an un­known gem in the city.

“We’re re­ally ex­cited to wel­come young peo­ple back into the cen­tre, we have a great team of staff and now a beau­ti­ful build­ing, which is great,” he said.

“My main aim is to get the com­mu­nity en­gage­ment back up to where it should be.”

Crime in­ter­ven­tion pro­grams in­clud­ing Weld to Life and Dare to Care started back up at the cen­tre a month ago and have so far proven suc­cess­ful. The up­grades also mean that pro­grams such as gym­nas­tics and po­lice ranger will be pro­vided also.

PCYC chief ex­ec­u­tive John Gille­spie said the re­launch was a big mile­stone for Rock­ing­ham.

“We’ve waited a long time for this re­fur­bish­ment, it’s not re­ally about us but about the lo­cal com­mu­nity and giv­ing some­thing at­trac­tive to young peo­ple of all ages and back­grounds,” he said.

“We’ve got to look at the pro­grams ap­pro­pri­ate to young peo­ples needs.

“We’re in very chal­leng­ing eco­nomic times — I think with the em­ploy­ment sit­u­a­tion we need to give our young peo­ple op­por­tu­ni­ties to make them more em­ploy­able or more im­por­tantly be­come bet­ter peo­ple in our com­mu­nity.”

Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Karl O’Cal­laghan and Po­lice Min­is­ter Michelle Roberts, along with PCYC WA pres­i­dent Dr Sue Gor­don, at­tended the of­fi­cial open­ing cer­e­mony as well as City of Rock­ing­ham Mayor Barry Sam­mels and sev­eral coun­cil­lors.

Pic­tures: PCYC

Po­lice Min­is­ter Michelle Roberts, PCYC chief ex­ec­u­tive John Gillespie, Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Karl O'Cal­laghan and PCYC WA pres­i­dent Dr Sue Gordon.

Pic­ture: Emily Sharp

Rock­ing­ham PCYC cen­tre man­ager Travis Young with John Gillespie.

Dr Sue Gordon with Michelle Roberts.

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