Cr Linda Harris (left), Noel Marlow (chairman management committee PCYC) and Sam Saffuri (Monopoly Constructions) celebrate the coming of the new PCYC court.
Cr Linda Harris (left), Noel Marlow (chairman management committee PCYC) and Sam Saffuri (Monopoly Constructions) celebrate the coming of the new PCYC court. Alistair Brightman

Excitement as PCYC deal goes local

A WAVE of rare universal excitement swept through the Maryborough council chamber yesterday when news broke that a Hervey Bay company had won a council tender to build a third indoor PCYC court to cost just under $1.3 million.

Monopoly Constructions received the phone call two hours before Cr Linda Harris called a media conference at the PCYC to announce the $1.3 million contract “has gone local”.

Work on the third indoor court will start next month and give jobs to 97 workers while the job lasts.

Six companies tendered with one non-conforming and one from out of town.

Monopoly managing director Sam Saffuri, who usually travels the world competing as an arm wrestler, shook hands warmly with Ms Harris and joined the former Jets Howard and Torbanlea netballer and PCYC president Noel Marlow in a celebratory game of biff the basketball.

The money to build the court will come partly out of what remains of the $683,870 government grant that has not been used to bring the PCYC up to certification standard after it was found council had not signed off the building 12 years ago.

“The rest of the money is in council’s budget,” Ms Harris said. “The completion date is expected to be next April.”

Noel Marlow said he was delighted at the news. “It will take us a while to get back on track again with people coming through the door now we’ve reopened so this new court will be a real boost.

“It’ll take us until February, and even longer, to get back to our full income that we had before we had to close the doors in August for three months.”

Mr Marlow said the court would also enhance PCYC’s ability to stage indoor events like trade shows and exhibitions.



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