Fire woes keep PCYC shut

AS A fire safety engineer’s report winged its way to Queensland Police-Citizens Youth Welfare Association and the Fraser Coast council’s building certifiers, the doors of Hervey Bay’s PCYC stayed shut over the weekend.

However, the manager of the O’Rourke Street centre Sergeant Pat Fleming was confident last night that the beleaguered venue would be open again in two weeks.

“It looks like things are progressing now,” he said, “and we’re expecting it would be open within that timeframe.”

The Fraser Coast Regional Council is expecting to lodge an amended building application for the third court extension and associated building rectification works at the PCYC towards the end of this week.

The council has received the final report from a fire safety engineer who recommended solutions to outstanding fire safety issues that prompted Sgt Fleming to close the centre a week ago.

A copy of the report has been sent to the Queensland Police-Citizens Youth Welfare Association and the council’s building certifiers.

Queensland Fire and Rescue Service will receive a copy of the report when they assess the amended building application.

“We’re confident we’ll be able to go back to normal, with sports and other events,” Sgt Fleming said.

“We are using this opportunity positively to carry out some maintenance work while we can.”

The council’s architect is now preparing amended building plans to include recommendations contained in the fire engineer’s report, including the installation of a smoke detection and auditory warning system, and the council and fire service will assess it as a matter of urgency.

Once the amended building application has been approved work will start immediately to install the smoke detection and auditory warning system. It is expected that it will take three weeks to install the system.

“While we have been waiting for this report considerable investigation and work has been undertaken to resolve the outstanding building compliance issues at the PCYC,” Fraser Coast Regional Council Mayor Mick Kruger said yesterday.

“That work will continue over the next week. A number of issues have already been finalised.

“The co-operation of all parties to resolve this has resulted in substantial progress to date.”



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