$2 MILLION BOOST FOR PCYC SUNSHINE COAST
31st August 2023
• State Budget makes $56 million contribution to expand programs and to provide new and upgraded PCYC facilities across Queensland
• Investment will also support ‘back to basics’ programs like after dark basketball and boxing in areas of high need
• Upgraded facilities will help deliver enhanced intervention programs for at-risk youth
• The investment includes $2 million for PCYC Sunshine Coast
As a highlight of this year’s State Budget, the Palaszczuk Government is contributing $56 million in funding to boost infrastructure and program delivery at PCYC centres right across Queensland.
This includes a $2 million investment in PCYC Sunshine Coast, which will be used to upgrade facilities and provide enhanced intervention programs.
This important investment will support the outstanding work PCYC does across the state helping young people maximise their potential and at the same time supporting community safety.
The budget funding of $50 million will support the construction of new PCYC facilities and significant upgrades to existing centres.
Part of the investment is aimed at delivering programs that have been proven to work in helping at-risk young people turn away from involvement in the criminal justice system.
With this in mind, the government is providing $6 million in funding to PCYC Queensland which will help support a ‘back to basics’ initiative to deliver programs like after dark basketball and boxing in areas of high need.
PCYC Queensland delivers hundreds of intervention, prevention and diversion programs and activities across Queensland aimed at keeping young people engaged and on the right track.
Supporting more than 100,000 members each year, PCYC Queensland works closely with young people whose personal circumstances often leave them at risk, disadvantaged or disengaged.
For more information about PCYC Queensland, visit: www.pcyc.org.au.
Quotes attributable to Member for Nicklin, Rob Skelton MP:
“I’m delighted to be a part of the Palaszczuk Government delivering these important upgrades for our community.
“Our local PCYC Sunshine Coast has been in need of a facelift for some time, with the derelict squash courts out the back requiring a complete teardown, so I’m really looking forward to seeing our community using the new facilities once completed.”
Quotes attributable to PCYC Sunshine Coast Officer in Charge Sgt Mick Hughes:
“We would like to thank our partner QPS and the Queensland Government for the ongoing support provided through this great and exciting commitment.
“We look forward to the opportunity to increase delivery of valuable programs to our young people in our local communities.
“This funding will be a huge support to us carrying out much needed upgrades and redevelopment works to PCYC Sunshine coast including the introduction and improvement of a dedicated youth space, allowing for increased Drop In and After Dark programs.
“PCYC Sunshine coast is in need of major upgrades and over the coming months we will be working to establish design development and project parameters.
“We look forward to providing the opportunity for increased program delivery through these upgrades as well as great safe spaces for the young people of the Nambour community to take part in sport and recreation activities, gain mentoring and access referral services.”