PCYC wheels turning

PCYC staff and volunteers were “flat tack” yesterday behind closed doors after shutting down the building and its activities on Monday until the council comes up with a legal Certificate of Classification.

“We accept and understand the current position of our main building being closed,” branch manager Sergeant Patrick Fleming said.

“We're looking forward to re-opening with many improvements in the centre, so we've been really full on in here today.

“While all this is unfortunate, we are using this opportunity and time positively to catch up and to undertake many tasks and projects that are difficult to get done in such a highly utilised centre as this is.”

PCYC chair Robyn Harberger told the Chronicle that the PCYC community “is really a collection of many sports clubs, community organisations and 3000 club members that are supported and guided under the PCYC's management as one-club, one-membership centre”.

“We will work with the council, State PCYC office and Fire Service to ensure everything is as it should be and this great community resource will return to business as soon as possible.

“All issues have been highlighted, which is good for all. Now it is a case of just getting on with what is under our control.”

Sgt Fleming said the PCYC had “always had a highly valued relationship with council and that is continuing.

“We appreciate the advice and support over the years from the mayors, councillors and staff that will again assist in addressing the current situation.”

The gymnastics building, separate from the main building, was operating yesterday with classes of tiny tots filling the centre. The centre was given its Certificate of Classification a week ago.

Sgt Fleming and the PCYC management committee was grateful for the awareness of issues that were triggered by planning for the proposed third court extension.

“When business returns to normal, everyone will be satisfied and assured that all operations will be legally compliant.”

The PCYC will be re-opened and permitted to again operate sports activities when a final classification certificate of occupancy can be issued and then signed off by the Fire Service.

To operate additional recreational and community activities, a range of smoke detection and prevention devices will need to be installed.

The current issues were revealed when the Queensland Fire Service was requested to review draft plans and undertake a building inspection in relation to the proposed third sports court extension.

Fire and Rescue identified and advised of non-compliant issues.

Meanwhile the timber court will be resealed, foyer stripped and repolished; and $30,000 worth of new weights equipment will be installed.

The boxing club will install a new beam to hang additional training equipment, and the gymnastics foam landing pit will be finished.

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