50 PCYC jobs lost
UP TO 50 locals who work for the Hervey Bay PCYC are now out of a job.
Most of the workers lost their incomes from Monday afternoon when the PCYC closed its doors.
Management was concerned over its legal and public liability status after the council failed to have the sport and recreation centre certified and signed off by fire authorities 12 years ago – and still hasn't fixed the error.
“I feel and share our workers' anxiety and concerns,” PCYC manager Sergeant Patrick Fleming told the Chronicle yesterday after he confirmed the workers were jobless.
“I will do all I can to ensure their wages keep coming during this situation,” he said.
“Naturally, we're all hoping this can be resolved quickly.
“I have been here since the very beginning when the centre opened, mainly due to the wonderfully dedicated and loyal staff and volunteers that I work with. We must do all we can to look after these people now and keep them at PCYC for the benefit of our city.”
Melissa Crisp, 20, lost her four-day-a-week job as a dance instructor.
“The centre's now closed down so I can't take my classes, which were helping me to continue my diploma in editing and publishing at a NSW university,” she said yesterday.
“I've been at the PCYC all this year teaching five- to 15-year-olds and I love it.
“I'm by no means the worst affected. This is going to make a difference to a lot of people.”
The Chronicle spoke to staff and workers yesterday who said they were “anxiously waiting for information from the council” as to when the building would be formally inspected and a final certificate issued.
Some said the PCYC was their sole source of income. Coaches, administrators, cleaning and maintenance staff and child care workers are just some of the many who are presently out of work.
The school holiday care programs employ up to 15 students and contract-only teachers that rely on their PCYC jobs.
“The council must come forward with specific information, timeframe and final certificate for our PCYC,” one worker said.
“The building needs to be inspected now, at least to allow the doors to re-open for sports activities only, until the necessary smoke detection systems can be installed to allow all of our recreational and community activities to start up again.”
The four administration staff are working from home and out of the gymnastics building, while short-term work is being given to two other staff to address building maintenance and compliance.
“This can only continue for a week,” one said.