Young people in the Hawkesbury region will soon have a new multi-million dollar Police Citizens and Youth Club (PCYC), the Member for Hawkesbury Dominic Perrottet announced today.
The NSW Government has allocated $13 million to build the new youth-focused facility, as part of the 2018-19 State Budget.
Mr Perrottet said there is a growing need in the Hawkesbury community for indoor sport and recreation facilities for our local youth.
“PCYC does exceptional work engaging young people to feel connected to their local community and aspire to be constructive members of society,” said Mr Perrottet.
“Once built, this brand new facility will have indoor sports courts, gymnastics, a fitness and wellness centre, and numerous multi-purpose activity spaces.
“We want to provide kids and teens with the opportunities to build leadership and life skills, create new friendships and stay physically active.
“The new Hawkesbury PCYC will do just that.”
Minister for Police Troy Grant said PCYC is in a unique position to facilitate meaningful relationships between local youth and police officers.
“I know firsthand how invaluable the influence of police, particularly from Youth Command, can be on our young people,” said Mr Grant.
“I’m proud that this Government is investing in our youth, investing in our police and ultimately investing in a strong community.”
Local Rotary Club of Windsor member Tony Miller has advocated strongly for a PCYC to be built in the Hawkesbury for many years and welcomed the announcement.
“I am very pleased to see our efforts have reached a result where the Hawkesbury will have a PCYC that fulfils the needs of the community, and the Rotary Club of Windsor will continue its support and association of PCYC.”
PCYC and NSW Police Force Youth Command work closely together to counter the impact of juvenile offending.
In 2017, almost 1900 young people were involved in case management and programs by our police officers, most of whom were young offenders and youth at risk of offending.