The first stage of a multi-million dollar refurbishment at the Redcliffe PCYC is now complete, which will help the community hub continue to provide vital services and programs for young people.
The $1.25 million stage one upgrade was included in Moreton Bay Regional Council’s 2021-2022 budget, thanks to funding provided by the Federal Government.
Upgrades include better accessibility for all patrons and the capacity for more services.
Mayor Peter Flannery, along with Division 5 Councillor Sandra Ruck, and Federal Member for Luke Petrie, toured the facility to see the upgrades first-hand.
Mayor Flannery says PCYC’s are vital to the community, as they are a hub where the community can gather every day.
“The PCYC has become a staple part of any Australian community - offering young people a place to play sports, build friendships and receive vital support from professionals,” Mayor Flannery says.
“New amenities mean anyone, no matter their ability, can feel welcome when they visit while new spaces for staff will give them greater capacity to provide vital support to our young people.
“If COVID has shown us anything, it’s these spaces are vital to building that sense of community and that we shouldn’t let our foot off the pedal when it comes to building their capacity.”
Division 5 Councillor Sandra Ruck welcomed the upgrade and what it would mean for both hardworking staff at the PCYC and the growing number of young families on the Peninsula.
“Here in Redcliffe, the PCYC has played a critical role in the lives of thousands of people since the 1960s. And they continue to do so, which is why this upgrade is so important,” Cr Ruck says.
“It’s just one of a number of upgrades happening in our community, together with the Deception Bay community hall and old fisheries upgrade as part of record $743 million council budget.”
Member for Petrie Luke Howarth says the Federal Government is committed to investing in local infrastructure which benefits the community.
“Investing in local infrastructure is an investment for the future - it creates jobs, supports the work of our great community organisations and sets up our young people to succeed,” Mr Howarth says.
“This is something the Petrie electorate has been calling on, and I’m proud that I’ve been able to secure vital funding so that council and the PCYC can get the job done.
“We’ve worked with Moreton Bay Regional Council to identify priority community infrastructure and local roads projects during COVID, and that will continue as we enter 2022.”
PCYC Queensland Chief Executive Officer Phil Schultz has thanked both the Moreton Bay Regional Council and the Federal Government for bringing this project to life.
“PCYC Queensland is all about supporting young people and the community with innovative activities, programs and services,” he says.
“The upgrades at PCYC Redcliffe provide the community with an improved facility and help our staff to continue delivering our vision of building safer, healthier communities through youth development.”