PCYC looking to the future

AFTER a tough few months members of Hervey Bay's embattled PCYC put up a united front at yesterday's annual general meeting.

Since the club was shut down last month due to fire safety regulations, sporting groups have been displaced and event organising has come to a halt.

But yesterday Sergeant Patrick Fleming said members had sorted through the problems of the past and were looking forward to the future.

He hoped the PCYC would be re-opened to the public in the next two to three weeks.

While the PCYC is run by the police, Sgt Fleming said it belonged to the community.

“It gives a number of individual groups the chance to work together under one banner which also gives us the capacity to generate more funding.”

For the past two months volunteers and staff have had to deal with the fallout from the club's sudden closure and Sgt Fleming said he was extremely grateful for their support.

“They've come out to show their support on a Sunday and it's fantastic,” he said.

The meeting could also result in good news for Maryborough.

Sergeant Fleming told the Fraser Coast's deputy mayor Julie Arthur of his dream to have a PCYC in the Heritage City.

He believes the sporting grounds on Ariadne Street would be the perfect spot for a new club and said he looked forward to floating more ideas in the coming months.

“The police would certainly support it,” Sgt Fleming said.

“At the moment we are working to get Hervey Bay back on track but we would certainly like to go back down that road in the future.”

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