The Hervey Bay PCYC extensions have opened to the joy of Cooper Smith, 16 months,
and (L) Mayor Mick Kruger, Acting Sergeant Tom McKinnon and Assistant Police Commissioner Graham Rynders.
The Hervey Bay PCYC extensions have opened to the joy of Cooper Smith, 16 months, and (L) Mayor Mick Kruger, Acting Sergeant Tom McKinnon and Assistant Police Commissioner Graham Rynders. Alistair Brightman

Controversy fades as wing opens

IT has attracted controversy and the attention of meddling bureaucrats for the better part of the past year but yesterday officials flocked to Hervey Bay’s PCYC (Police-Citizens Youth Club) for all the right reasons.

With the unveiling of a plaque Fraser Coast Mayor Mick Kruger officially opened the club’s $1.6 million extended wing which features a shiny new multi-purpose court, new toilets, change rooms and a canteen.

The Fraser Coast Regional Council supported the extensions with a grant worth more than $900,000 while the State Government made up the difference with funds from the Sports and Recreation bank account.

The celebrations were a welcome change for the club which has endured a tough 12 months.

Last year a fire safety dispute forced the closure of the club for several months and early this year the main basketball court buckled as a result of a water leak following heavy rain.

Yesterday Cr Kruger described the extensions as “a string in the multi-faceted bow” of the region’s sport and recreation opportunities. He said the club had been the backbone of community events since the late 90s and recognised that “despite some adversities the PCYC always comes back bigger and better”.

Sergeant Patrick Fleming has been in charge of overseeing the club’s management for the past few years but recently handed the reins over to Senior Constable Tom Mackinnon.

“We now have more room for netball, basketball and a larger space for expos and trade events and potentially child care services,” Sen Const Mackinnon said.

“We lost basketball and some of the events but I’m happy to say basketball is coming back and all event organisers bar the Senior’s Expo, which has signed up somewhere else for two years, have indicated they will be coming back too.”

Work on the damaged court is expected to be completed in the coming months.