Hervey Bay PCYC disgrace
THE Hervey Bay PCYC has closed its doors.
The notice announcing that “regrettably” the public is not allowed inside until further notice was posted on the sport and recreation community centre’s main doors at 2pm yesterday.
PCYC headquarters in Brisbane and the local manager Sergeant Pat Fleming made the decision around 1.30pm after a series of urgent phone calls.
Sergeant Fleming would not comment to the Chronicle but serious concerns over the legality and public liability of keeping the iconic centre open any longer have been raised over recent days.
“I will not break the law,” Sergeant Fleming reportedly told staff over the weekend.
“We will obey the law to the letter and if that means closing down the PCYC while we sort out what needs to be done in here to make us legal, that’s what we will do.”
It has been six months since the day Fire & Rescue’s acting inspector Mike Corser told the council the building had major fire compliancy issues.
Yet the council has allowed the building to remain open to the public.
The building was still displaying a 12 year old interim certificate of classification on its main entrance side wall as recently as yesterday morning.
That now gravely out-of-date interim certificate was granted by the Hervey Bay City Council when Ted Sorensen was mayor and Mick Kruger was a councillor.
No final certificate or council request to Fire & Rescue to sign off on the building was ever made.
Thousands of children have been using the PCYC over the 12 years.
Thousands more adults have been using the PCYC.
Now only events held outside the building can go ahead, including the Rotary Living Expo early next month.
Yesterday afternoon staff was inside the building working towards rectifying the litany of non-certified extensions and additions that have been project-managed by council, over the years.
Yet the council has demanded in writing that the PCYC, its tenants, fix the thousands of dollars worth of errors.