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Project exceeding expectations

Friday, 12th October, 2018

(From left) Barwon state candidate Andrew Schier, YMCA area manager Shane Simmons, Parkes MP Mark Coulton and CEO for YMCA NSW Susannah Le Bron stand next to one of the German Club’s raw stone walls, which will be used as a feature wall in the YMCA Wellness Centre foyer. PICTURE: Myles Burt (From left) Barwon state candidate Andrew Schier, YMCA area manager Shane Simmons, Parkes MP Mark Coulton and CEO for YMCA NSW Susannah Le Bron stand next to one of the German Club’s raw stone walls, which will be used as a feature wall in the YMCA Wellness Centre foyer. PICTURE: Myles Burt

By Myles Burt

The YMCA’s new Wellness Centre has received a top-up of $371,302 from the Federal Government as Parkes MP Mark Coulton arrived to view the outstanding progress made on the $5 million build.

YMCA area manager Shane Simmons gave a construction tour yesterday of the centre, with the building leaving onlookers amazed and excited to see the project finally completed.

“I’m really impressed by the speed,” Mr Coulton said.

“I’m amazed at the skill of the workforce.

“The facility and the thought that’s gone into the services that will be provided here, I think is going to be a very popular facility for Broken Hill.

“The Commonwealth Government played a small part in this and I’m pleased we were able to.

“I think the YMCA have done a great job.”

Mr Coulton was amazed by the efforts made by Hutchinson Builders and the YMCA to incorporate the old German Club into the new centre. 

They are removing a part of the veranda to reveal the old German Club facade on Chloride Street, retaining a raw stone wall as a feature wall in the foyer, incorporating a 1926 vintage YMCA stained glass window and restoring a metal pressed ceiling found during construction where the cafe will be placed.

“I’m absolutely astounded by how they’ve married the new building with the old,” Mr Coulton said.

“Uncovering the wall and the celling of the German Club and restoring that is really going to be a feature to this place.

“This is well above my expectations.

“I think when it’s finished it’s just going to look sensational.”

With the Centre hosting an array of health services, fitness facilities and a Youth Hub, Mr Coulton said the Wellness Centre could be the tipping point to convince families looking to live in Broken Hill.

“It’ll be a great asset for the people that are here,” he said.

“But I think it’ll be a good magnet to attract other people as well.”

Newly appointed CEO of YMCA NSW Susannah Le Bron has enjoyed her first time in the Silver City after seeing the progress made on the Wellness Centre.

Ms Le Bron said to see the centre in person knowing what it looked like previously from old YMCA photos was a real eye-opener.

“In comparison, it’s a tremendous difference but relevant to the community,” she said.

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