Gladstone PCYC and the community will benefit from a $250,000 donation handed over this week.
Gladstone PCYC and the community will benefit from a $250,000 donation handed over this week. Kara Irving

Huge donation a fitting 30th birthday present for PCYC

A MUCH-needed donation will continue to pump life into the heart of Gladstone's iconic community centre - the PCYC.

But while a hefty $250,000 cheque from GLNG was handed over earlier this week, it seemed many people in the community were unaware of the nostalgia that the Yarroon St structure generates.

When The Observer asked Gladstone residents what the PCYC meant to them, many didn't know what, let alone where, the community centre was located.

But newly appointed chairman Glenn Churchill plans to change that perception with his interactive role.

"I am fortunate in this leadership role to work with the new management committee and branch manager to develop a strategic vision and action plans to benefit from the growth and prosperity of Gladstone and the region," Mr Churchill said.

In 1982 the Queensland Police-Citizens Youth Club began its legacy in the Gladstone community, providing young people with activities to keep them busy after school.

Two decades later, children, parents and respected members of the community are happy to be a part of the success story.

Acting branch manager Acting Sergeant Peter Dixon said the whole community would benefit from the upgrade.

"We stated our case and then went and obtained quotes," he said.

"We're very appreciative that they've decided to go ahead with the funding."

The funding will be used to paint the facility inside and out, upgrade the canteen and reception, re-do all the floors, landscaping and other cosmetic improvements.



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