$500,000 FUNDING TO PCYC BATEAU BAY
A Federal Labor Government will provide $500,000 to replace the 30-year-old sport courts at PCYC Bateau Bay and contribute to the refurbishment of the club’s gym and fitness area.
Member for Dobell, Emma McBride, announced that, if elected to government, Labor would pay for the replacement of the courts, line marking and extra funding for a roller derby lap program.
Ms McBride said she had grown up with the PCYC movement, then known as Police Boys Clubs. Her first activity was gymnastics and she said she believed the PCYC remained a cornerstone of communities across the country.
“The floor on the main playing surface at PCYC Bateau Bay is now 30 years old,” Ms McBride said. “The club has done all it can to keep the playing surface in good condition but it urgently needs to be replaced.
“The funding will also help cover the cost of refurbishing the PCYC’s gym and fitness areas and upgrade the exterior of the building.
“PCYC Bateau Bay’s reputation for helping people to be active, develop their skills, character and leadership, is second-to-none. It provides a safe, fun and friendly environment for playing sport, keeping fit and joining in many different, often life-changing, programs.
“Almost 2500 people participate in activities at the club on a weekly basis so it is important to ensure this valuable community centre has the best facilities possible,” Ms McBride said.
“This funding is welcomed and much needed for the repair and restoration of the club, which provides many benefits for our community.”
Federal Labor’s $500,000 commitment to PCYC Bateau Bay adds to Labor Member for The Entrance, David Mehan’s ongoing State contributions of $40,000 for a school room refurbishment, a $5000 youth space fitout, $6000 for a sports hall refurbishment and $5000 for ongoing event funds including the “Kids vs Cops” oztag competition.
All of these projects were championed by David Mehan under NSW Sports funding and Community Building Partnership Programs since he was elected in 2015.
“The community knows that David Mehan and I are determined to deliver better sporting facilities if Labor is elected this weekend,” Ms McBride said.
Labor Member for The Entrance, David Mehan, joined Emma McBride and welcomed her commitment to build better facilities across The Entrance.
“Our community really loves sporting competitions. Upgrades to the PCYC Bateau Bay are a fantastic opportunity for Labor to support young families to engage in healthy local exercise and sport,” David Mehan said.
“Emma McBride and I will work closely to make sure our community will be heard over the billions of dollars being wasted and spent in Sydney by Gladys Berejiklian and the Federal Liberal Government,” he said.
“I know people around my electorate will put this upgrade to good use. I wish to also acknowledge the fantastic work of the staff and local officers who use the PCYC to keep our community safe and healthy.”
PCYC NSW will be contributing to the upgrade in the form of project management.
Central Coast Council are continuing to invest significantly in this precinct and support this upgrade.
“We are grateful to the Federal Member for Dobell, Emma McBride, and State Member for The Entrance, David Mehan, for this proposed investment in PCYC Bateau Bay,” said Dominic Teakle, CEO of PCYC NSW.
“Our mission is to empower young people to reach their full potential through sporting and leadership-based programs that promote resilience, integrity, respect, commitment and citizenship,” he said.
“This contribution will assist us in continuing this important work in Bateau Bay for youth, families and the community of the Central Coast.”
Caption: Emma pictured with my neighbours Laura (left) and Jane (middle).
"I was a PCYC kid. I was so excited to go to gymnastics and learn from my teacher Miss Ruth,"Emma McBride MP