PCYC - (centre) Michael Corser (acting mgr Community Safety Operations) oversees the testing of the fire hydrants with pressure and flow meters.
PCYC - (centre) Michael Corser (acting mgr Community Safety Operations) oversees the testing of the fire hydrants with pressure and flow meters. Alistair Brightman

PCYC back in business

HERVEY Bay's PCYC will finally reopen its doors on Monday almost three months to the day since it was closed due to fire- safety issues.

Queensland Fire and Rescue Service's Michael Corser said yesterday the building had passed its inspection and just needed some certificates to finalise it.

He should receive those today.

PCYC branch manager Sergeant Patrick Fleming said it was wonderful news and they would “be ready to roll Monday”.

“At least we know everything's compliant now and we can start again,” he said.

Fraser Coast Regional Council acting mayor Julie Arthur said it was a great resolution which had cost council about $250,000.

She said the mammoth task had been completed quickly thanks to the dedication of council staff and businesses.

“It could have dragged on an awful lot longer had we not had the support of people on board to make it happen quickly,” she said.

“It just shows that great community spirit that we've got on the Fraser Coast.”

The PCYC closed on August 9 due to major fire compliancy issues and concerns over the legality and public liability of keeping the iconic centre open.

Sgt Fleming said the big concern now was financial.

“Sadly it has been crippled, the whole business, and it is all self-funded so we'll just take a breath, take stock of it all and work out a bit of a plan,” he said.

“Even though we're open, we won't be generating the income to pay all our operational expenses and we're down to nothing (in the bank) at the moment.”

Sgt Fleming said he would approach the state PCYC board for funding and organise their own fundraising in the New Year.

He said it could be February before they were back to full operations, but in the meantime sports people could come back and the vacation care program could be rolled out.



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