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$56m funding boost for Queensland PCYC centres

Queensland PCYC centres are set to receive $56 million in funding to boost infrastructure and program delivery, the Queensland Government confirmed today.

Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk said PCYC had an incredible legacy of supporting local communities in Queensland.

“And I am proud that my Government is strengthening the partnership with PCYC Queensland to deliver a $56 million investment that will benefit PCYC operations right across the state.”

The budget funding of $50 million will support the construction of new PCYC facilities and significant upgrades to existing centres.

Part of the investment is aimed at delivering programs that have been proven to work in helping at-risk young people turn away from involvement in the criminal justice system.

The government will provide $6 million in funding to PCYC Queensland to help support a ‘back to basics’ initiative to deliver programs like after dark basketball and boxing in areas of high need.

“We appreciate that this is a considerable investment into PCYC Queensland  demonstrating QPS and Queensland Government’s commitment to driving early intervention initiatives through prevention, intervention, and diversionary programs,” said PCYC Queensland CEO, Phil Schultz.

“PCYC and QPS have been working together to look at how they can further support the community working in conjunction with the police district to target specific areas of community need. 

“This funding will be a huge support to us carrying out much needed upgrades and enhanced program delivery.”

PCYC Queensland delivers hundreds of intervention, prevention and diversion programs and activities across Queensland aimed at keeping young people engaged and on the right track. 

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. 

“The QPS and the Queensland Government are committed to providing support and opportunities to young Queenslanders to regain their self-worth, build resilience, and establish a sense of connection with their local community,” said Police Minister, Mark Ryan.

“We know police work hand in hand with PCYC Queensland to turn the lives around of many young Queenslanders.

“Youth intervention and diversionary programs are critical to breaking the cycle of youth crime and the PCYC has a long-standing reputation in delivering effective programs which lead to community re-engagement, employment and study. 

“That is why I’m pleased to see this significant investment in bolstering PCYC infrastructure in Queensland which will enhance programs.”  

The funding includes contribution towards New PCYC facilities:

  • Rockhampton ($ 5 million contribution towards the establishment of a new facility)
  • Sandgate ($ 5 million contribution towards the establishment of a new facility) 
  • Pimpama ($5 million contribution towards the establishment of a new facility) 
  • Mareeba ($5 million contribution towards the establishment of a new facility)
  • Beaudesert ($5 million contribution towards the establishment of a new facility)

$1 million to upgrade: 

  • Zillmere PCYC 
  • Mount Gravatt PCYC 
  • Crestmead PCYC 
  • Bundaberg PCYC 
  • Yarrabah PCYC 
  • Napranum PCYC 
  • Aurukun PCYC
  • Upper Ross PCYC
  • Palm Island PCYC
  • Burdekin PCYC
  • Crestmead PCYC
  • Hills District PCYC
  • Ipswich PCYC
  • Mornington Island PCYC
  • Mount Isa PCYC
  • Roma PCYC
  • Toowoomba PCYC

$2 million to upgrade: 

  • Redlands PCYC 
  • Nambour PCYC 
  • Cairns PCYC.

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