Hervey Bay PCYC.
Hervey Bay PCYC. Alistair Brightman

Bay's PCYC future still unknown

THE FUTURE of Hervey Bay's PCYC remains in turmoil after three months of remaining closed to the public.

A fortnight ago the council advertised for tenders to build the sport and recreation centre's third court, which has been given a State Government grant of $680,000 along with council's input of $500,000.

But insiders tell the Chronicle that when builders arrived at the centre to check out the work required, they were told to look at other work at the PCYC.

“I have been told on several occasions that they are measuring up other areas because council has told them to cost pulling down the ply walls and replace them,” said one staff member yesterday.

Council refuted the claims saying that all the work that will be done in the next few months will be directly related to the extensions.

They pointed out that new fire safety requirements meant some changes to the extension plans had to be made.

The PCYC bank account is believed to have shrunk to $2000 and Fire & Rescue has not been able to return to give the centre a final inspection because fire hydrants had to be relocated and piping replaced.

The centre's manager Sergeant Pat Fleming said yesterday he knew nothing about the latest twists and turns in getting the PCYC doors open again but that he would now check it out with the council project manager Tracey Genrich.

Volunteers at the embattled centre told the Chronicle that even if the centre was given its final Fire and Rescue check in the next couple of weeks, the forecast was grim because Christmas was approaching and activities would be winding down.

PCYC activities co-ordinator and coach Marty Bell and cleaner Phil McKinnon were doing outdoor maintenance yesterday morning at the PCYC.

“I just really am worried about all those people who used the centre and can't do their sports and enjoy that regular health lifestyle. I am really concerned about my job now too,” he said.

“We've worked so hard to get this club to what it is and we're broke now”.

Cleaner Phil McKinnon has been working at the PCYC for more than seven years.

“It would just be great to be informed by council and know what's going on. No one knows. Everyday is a new surprise, but not a good one. If it wasn't so serious, it would make a good Fawlty Towers series.

“Really, whoever is overseeing this project at council must come forward and inform the community.”

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