PCYC delighted it will soon have a home
PCYC Bundaberg has received the ultimate Christmas present with confirmation that construction of its new home will begin next year.
At a special meeting at council chambers yesterday, Bundaberg Mayor Mal Forman announced Oasis Construction as the preferred tenderer for the $15.1 million construction at the old showgrounds site.
Included in the scope of works for the multipurpose facility is an area to accommodate the PCYC, a three-court sports arena, gymnastics hall and food preparation facilities.
It's been a tough year for the PCYC with staff redundancies and the closure of some programs after it agreed to move out of its former premises so Bundaberg State High School could expand.
PCYC Bundaberg branch manager Sergeant John Kendall said he was delighted with the news.
"My staff is grateful because they have been worried but they can see the future now," he said.
"It will give us the opportunity to run so many programs, not just for youth but for the community."
Cr Forman said the facility would be a great asset for the community.
"It will allow the PCYC to get its home up and running," he said.
"In the event of a disaster it can be used as an evacuation centre which will hold approximately 1200 people."
There were five tenderers but only one local tenderer, which Cr Forman described as "disappointing".
"We realise they are not a local tender but a lot of local content will be included in this tender's application," he said.
The State Government earlier this week contributed $5 million for the project.
Cr Wayne Honor voted against the project, declaring it would be a financial burden for council and ratepayers.
"It's going to create hardship on the ratepayers with rate rises that I believe will plague this council for the next 10 years," he said.
"My concern is that the building will require at least another $10 to $11 million further to make it into the multiplex it is meant to be."
Construction will start early next year with the PCYC facility expected to be completed by November.