Dubbo PCYC to be replaced with $4 million regional sports hub

Party: Tenaya Unger, Skye Crawford, Oscar Unger, Maygen Wood, Maddy Austin, Mark Nuttall, Jonty Goodwin, Peta Powyer and Durakai Smith, during the PCYC's 80 years of service to the community in 2017.
Party: Tenaya Unger, Skye Crawford, Oscar Unger, Maygen Wood, Maddy Austin, Mark Nuttall, Jonty Goodwin, Peta Powyer and Durakai Smith, during the PCYC's 80 years of service to the community in 2017.

As part of the 2018-19 state budget, the Dubbo PCYC facility will be completely replaced with a new $4 million regional sports hub that will cater to the wider central west community.

The NSW government has allocated nearly $40 million over four years to PCYC to help build four new clubs and upgrade five existing facilities as part of the 2018-19 state budget. More than $6 million has been allocated in the first year.

In Dubbo, PCYC has been working with Dubbo Council, the NSW Office of Sport and Charles Sturt University to develop the new indoor sports facility.

With the allocation of $4 million, the new PCYC facility at Dubbo will include six to eight indoor sports courts, a dedicated and competition-sized gymnastics facility and multipurpose activity spaces for young people, the community and university students.

State sporting organisations have been consulted in the requirements of this facility.

The two other regional PCYC’s that will be completely replaced are Wagga Wagga and Walgett.

The five clubs that will receive major upgrades include Albury, Bourke, Kempsey, Griffith and Moree.

“PCYC Dubbo will be part of a partnership with local government and Charles Sturt University and the $10 million allocation for the Wagga redevelopment will provide a much-needed indoor sports facility in an iconic sports heartland,” PCYC NSW CEO Dominic Teakle said.

Following the $40 million funding commitment, phone scammers called people in regional and metropolitan NSW on Saturday with a message that “the government has pulled the funding they have promised Bourke, Walgett and Dubbo, so can you please donate to PCYC?”.

“I am disgusted that someone would stoop so low as to do this,” Mr Teakle said.

“PCYC’s authorised telemarketing partner is One Contact, they will not be cold calling regarding this funding, PCYC is disgusted that a person or persons would do this and it undermines our charitable purpose and our brand.

“We are a charity empowering young people in collaboration with the state government, the NSW Police Force and the community and need to sustain donations to allow our mission-focused activities to be funded.”

Anyone receiving these hoax calls should report them on 1800 333 000.