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The current federal election campaign has provided a promise of a brand new Police Citizens Youth Club (PCYC) in the Moreton Bay Region.
Federal Labor has promised $3.5 million, while the Moreton Bay Regional Council has committed to $2.5 million. This is alongside expected grants from the State Labor government, which could take the project up to about $8 million in total.
When making the announcement in front of the proposed site next to the new Moreton District Police Complex on King Street, Caboolture, the Federal Labor Member of Parliament for Longman, Susan Lamb talked about the need for new services in the region.
“An incredibly fast-growing region and a fast-growing area like Caboolture needs services,” Ms Lamb said in the video above.
“They need infrastructure, and we need jobs, and where we’re here today, right beside the brand-new Caboolture police station, you’ll see those three things coming to life under a Shorten Labour government.”
Moreton Bay Regional Council Mayor, Allan Sutherland expressed his “delight” at the election commitment.
“Well, as mayor of the Moreton Bay Region, I’m absolutely delighted,” Mayor Sutherland said at a press conference.
“It’s all about infrastructure, and I don’t think people realise the important place PCYC has in our communities.
“It’s about helping those kids, especially those kids, some of them that fall through the cracks, some of them that need to be helped in a way that only PCYC can, and council’s discussed this issue.”
This announcement comes as the new police complex is set to host an open day to the public before becoming operational.
Susan Lamb: Well, good afternoon, everybody, and welcome to one of the fastest growing regions in Queensland. We’re here in the Moreton Bay region, and we’re here in Caboolture. A incredibly fast-growing region and a fast-growing area like Caboolture needs services. They need infrastructure, and we need jobs, and where we’re here today, right beside the brand-new Caboolture police station, you’ll see those three things coming to life under a Shorten Labour government. In this area here, we’ve already seen a commitment for an urgent-care clinic over on Bribie, a chemotherapy centre at the Caboolture hospital, $1.5 billion to upgrade the Gateway Motorway and the Bruce Highway, and today, an injection of funds for a brand-new PCYC. The PCYC that’s currently located a little bit further down the road in Caboolture has been around about 30 years, but where we’ve got a brand-new area that’s growing, that’s got brand-new families moving in, we need a brand-new, state-of-the-art sporting activity centre right here in our community. And I invited Stephen Jones here, the Shadow Minister for Regional and Communications Development, to say a few more words.
Stephen Jones: Thanks, Susan. Great to be with you. Great to be with the state member Mark Ryan and my old mate, Allan Sutherland, the mayor. Great to be representatives of the PCYC and the police force. Tribute to you, Susan, for your advocacy for this announcement, and Mark, who I know has been pushing it for a long time, and of course, we know these sort of proposals couldn’t get up unless you had the cooperation of local government. Absolutely critical partner in all of this.
So, a Shorten Labour government will commit $3.5 million to ensure that we can relocate and rebuilt the PCYC here at Caboolture. Now, a growing community, young population. We want to see young kids engaged in sport because we know if we have more kids in sport, we have less kids in court, and that’s what it’s all about. It’s about ensuring the kids can learn the skills to a healthy lifestyle. They can be active participants in their community, that they can be rubbing shoulders with the men and women of the local police force, forming great relationships and ensuring that we are growing great citizens and great healthy human beings here. So, well done to everyone who’s been involved in this fantastic announcement. We’ve only got two and a half weeks now to make sure that we can make this happen. Thank you.
Allan S: Well, as mayor or Moreton Bay Regional, I’m absolutely delighted. It’s all about infrastructure, and I don’t think people realise the important place PCYC has in our communities. It’s about helping those kids, especially those kids, some of them that fall through the cracks, some of them that need to be helped in a way that only PCYC can, and council’s discussed this issue. We’re happy to put in $2.5 million on the back of this $3.5 million. We know there’s other funds we’re going to source, and we’re hoping to have a facility here that will be valued somewhere around the $8 to $9 million mark, which is greatly needed in this region.
The staff, the people at the PCYC, are working on the what you’d call very tired and adverse conditions. To have this new facility here, right next to public transport, is going to be a great boon to the region, and it’s going to help so many young kids, keep them off the streets and give them something to think about and train them in different ways. And as mayor I’m so proud that three levels of government are working together: state, federal, local. We can all join hands, and we can end up with a great community outcome.
Mark Ryan: Okay, I should go?
Phil Schultz: Yeah.
Mark Ryan: Well, this is an exciting day for Caboolture and the Longman electorate, and thank you very much to Susan Lamb and Stephen Jones, a part of Bill Shorten’s Labour team for being here for this great announcement, but also, thank you to Mayor Allan Sutherland, and also Phil Schultz from PCYC Queensland for being part of the team that’s brought this project together. This is such an exciting development, and the mayor’s right. There will be a boon in this area as a result of this project.
So, from the Boondocks where the current PCYC is to a boon here in the heart of Caboolture, this project will deliver not only better outcomes for our community, but new opportunities for young people in our community to live a better life, to be connected with their community and to go on and be positive contributors to our region. So, very happy to be part of the team bringing this project to Caboolture. This project will be built on state government land, here right next to the new Caboolture police station. And it’s all about working together, and this is what happens when local government, state government, and federal government works together, and we’re looking forward to a Bill Shorten Labour government to deliver this project come the election. Thank you.
Phil Schultz: Well, thank you everybody for being here today, and it’s on behalf of PCYC, and more importantly, on behalf of the young people of Caboolture and the surrounding area, this is a major announcement, and we work very closely with the mayor and the Moreton Shire council’s support. Five of our facilities throughout his shire, and without council support, we don’t exist. So, to bring together all three levels of government here to support this project is simply outstanding. It means that the winners are the young people of the Caboolture area, in and around here because we’ll be able to provide better programmes, more programmes, through a better facility, and they are the big winners, so thank you everybody. It’s a fabulous announcement. Thank you.
Group: [crosstalk 00:05:36].
Speaker 6: Well done. I have a question to ask Stephen. [crosstalk 00:05:41]?
Mark Ryan: It remains a-
Susan Lamb: The old facility?
Speaker 6: [crosstalk 00:05:42].
Mark Ryan: It remains a council facility, yeah.
Allan S: Yeah, it will be a council facility. What happens with the old facility? I think last time I looked at a list, we’re well over 100 community groups that are in need of some sort of housing or roof over their head, so I’m sure we won’t have any trouble whatsoever in fulfilling another need. So, this will be the gift that will keep on giving. We’ll give here and we’ll be able to give yet again when down at the old facility, but that’ll go through a process, and we’ll get our fair expressions of interest, and I’m sure there will be a very worthy cause that’ll have a great home.