Hon Michelle Roberts MLA; Minister for Police and Road Safety and Commissioner of Police, Mr Chris Dawson APM attended with other dignitaries to celebrate the relaunch.
Activities were in full swing during the relaunch ceremony with DJ equipment, bouncy castle and basketball hoops set up and over 50 local youth from the school holiday program showcasing pillow cases that were tie dyed earlier that day.
Guests were invited to walk through the centre and watch boxing lessons and gymnastics students perform skills, giving a great insight to just a few of the many activities and programs the centre provides for the youth of Kalgoorlie.
Centre manager Brian Enad said the relaunch was a huge success.
“It was a great opportunity for us to show off all the hard work the staff have been putting into the centre the last 6 months.”
The expansion of Kalgoorlie PCYC is part of a broader vision for the facility to become a vibrant community centre offering a diverse range of activities and support services for the benefit of the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder and the wider Goldfields-Esperance community.
Through State Government funding, the project commenced in January 2016 after the appointment of the Project Manager, Allied Projects P/L. Kalgoorlie PCYC works commenced on 2nd August 2016 through appointed contractors Safe Way, and the centre reopened late last year.
The refurbishment undertaken included replacing the roof, adding the activity hall (20 by 25 metres), new ablutions, disabled access compliance, replacing ducted air conditioning, fire doors, lining additional walls to better insulate the rear hall and improved fire safety. The additional activity space is certainly impressive and now features 4 old style arcade machines and 2 ping pong tables all made by Centre Manager Brian Enad and volunteers and has become one of the most utilised rooms of the centre.
Since reopening, the centre has expanded its service delivery, through the growth of its current programs such as gymnastics and parkour, and the introduction of new recreational activities. The upgrade in facilities has allowed the centre to expand the delivery of diversionary programs such as the Safe Space youth program, experiencing a 30% increase in youth participation since the upgrade.
To find out more about the Kalgoorlie PCYC programs and activities, please call the centre on 9021 1076 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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