Monday, 20 August 2018

NSW Minister for Police Troy Grant today joined Liberal candidate for Wagga Wagga Julia Ham to meet with staff and NSW Police Youth Command Officers based at Wagga Wagga PCYC and tour the facility.

Mr Grant said he was pleased to visit the area and tour the local PCYC, which is set to be transformed into a multi-million dollar regional sports hub.

“Thanks to the $10 million allocated in the 2018-19 budget by the Liberals & Nationals Government, the Wagga Wagga PCYC will be modernised and expanded so that local kids have the best sport and recreation facilities possible.

“Once built, the new facility will include four indoor courts that can be used for a number of sports, plus numerous multi-purpose activity spaces. “PCYC does exceptional work engaging with young people across NSW providing sport and recreational opportunities, and support services.

“Building on this success, PCYC and the NSW Police recently launched a new program, RISEUP, that links vulnerable and disengaged young people with businesses to receive reallife, on-the-job training in the workforce.

“To help the young people succeed, workshops on relationship building, nutrition, leadership and assistance to tackle the underlying causes of crime are also included in the program.

“As a community it is vital that we work with vulnerable teens so they can develop into thriving, civic-minded individuals.

“I urge local businesses to register their interest in mentoring and building vocational skills in Wagga Wagga’s young people to help divert them away from crime and into education and employment opportunities.

“I’m proud that this Government is investing in our youth, investing in PCYC and ultimately investing in a strong community.”

Ms Ham said the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is committed to the Wagga Wagga community and investing in its young people.  

“I’m committed to ensuring our region has recreational and educational facilities to ensure our region is happy and healthy,” Ms Ham said.  

NSW PCYC CEO Dominic Teakle said PCYC’s vision is to empower young people to reach their potential, and we would not be able to do this without the support of the NSW Government, Police, the community and many of our other partners.

“PCYC has a significant program of works over the next four years, including nine new or redeveloped clubs, I am thrilled that one of those is within the community of Wagga Wagga.”