31 August 2023

Aurukun and Napranum PCYCs to undergo major upgrades

| Chisa Hasegawa
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The team at PCYC Aurukun are looking forward to some refurbishments at the local centre.

THE PCYCs at Aurukun and Napranum will receive $1 million in upgrades as part of a state government program.

The investment will support the hundreds of programs and activities delivered by PCYC Queensland aimed at keeping young people engaged.

“Opportunities to run programs that build capability leading to valuable life skills development, education and employment pathways are critical for young people,” said PCYC Queensland CEO Phil Schultz.

A significant portion of the budget will go towards the construction of new PCYC facilities to reach more at-risk youth in the state.

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.

“They can get in early and help young people at risk of offending stay on the right track before they get involved in crime,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.

Though PCYC Queensland is still working through the scope of projects, Aurukun and Napranum PCYC will both receive infrastructure upgrades that “allows for the creation of spaces that young people enjoy coming to”.

For Aurukun, this will mean a number of vital repairs that keep the spaces usable and in good condition.

Napranum PCYC will undergo repairs as well as much-needed outdoor lighting upgrades to allow the growth of programs using the outside space.

“Having the ability to provide fit for purpose, safe, welcoming, and well-maintained spaces helps PCYC to focus on delivery of targeted programs for the community,” Mr Schultz said.

He said that facility improvements were vital in reaching a wider range of young people in the community.

“It opens up new opportunities to deliver different sport and recreation activities, as well as the growth of popular existing programs that have been proven to work,” he said.

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