The combined Wingecarribee and Wollondilly Police Citizens Youth Club (PCYC) Working Group has held its first meeting with the committee coming away focussed on providing a dedicated PCYC facility to serve the two neighbouring regions.
Wingecarribee Shire Council’s Chair of the PCYC Working Group, Councillor Larry Whipper, said the initial meeting helped to set the group’s agenda and long-term goals.
“Following the initial meeting held in late August, the members came away with a greater understanding of the mutual goals we need to achieve to ensure we secure a full-time PCYC facility,” Councillor Whipper said. “This also includes the potential hurdles and obstacles that will inevitably arise that we will also have to tackle.”
“It was determined that the Working Group’s immediate focus should be to secure funding for the establishment of a PCYC facility, identify an immediate short-term location and then work towards securing a permanent home,” Councillor Whipper said.
Other priorities established included providing advice on the further development of a joint application to PCYC NSW and overseeing the future establishment of a PCYC management model.
“The group also agreed that it was imperative to consult with local community organisations, including the existing users of the recreation centre, to maximise opportunities for support and to ensure we make the most of any future facility by accommodating as many activities as possible.
“To this effect we’ve heard the concerns of the Indoor Hockey Association and asked them to attend our next meeting to look at options that could meet the needs of all parties,” Councillor Whipper added.
The joint Wingecarribee and Wollondilly PCYC Working Group is made up of representatives from Bowral Police, Wingecarribee and Wollondilly Shire Councils and the wider community.
“The Working Group is made up of a great mix of people who are all dedicated to working together to establish a PCYC facility in our region that will add enormous value to youth services across both Shires.”
The Working Group will meet on the fourth Tuesday of the month until a dedicated PCYC has been established to serve both the Wingecarribee Shire and the southern villages of Wollondilly Shire Council areas.
For more information on PCYC NSW contact the PCYC State Office on phone (02) 9625 9111.