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YMCA revamp plans

Wednesday, 3rd August, 2011

NEW SURFACE: Paul Stanton sands off the original surface ready for the floor’s new coat. NEW SURFACE: Paul Stanton sands off the original surface ready for the floor’s new coat.

By Kurtis Eichler 

YMCA NSW said it was not “offended” by City Council’s decision to reject a motion to waive the local YMCA’s $160,000 debt and would still consider revamping the local building.

The CEO of YMCA NSW, Phillip Hare, told the BDT that the YMCA and Council needed to sit down and talk through the details of the decision.

“By no means is the Y offended by Council’s decision,” he said. “I think it’s a very reasonable decision,” Mr Hare said.

Council helped rescue the local YMCA in 2005 when it become insolvent.

It provided a grant to the tune of $160,000 on the condition that if the centre should close, Council would receive the full amount back at the sale of the site.

The YMCA of Sydney then asked Council to waive the debt but the request was rejected at Council’s monthly meeting last week.

Mr Hare said the decision wouldn’t have any immediate affect on YMCA’s $200,000 redevelopment proposal for the site.

“It certainly doesn’t stop us looking at it. We’re certainly committed to Broken Hill.”

The redevelopment includes moving the entrance to Chloride Street, adding food stalls and creating more “family friendly” activities, he said.

The YMCA’s squash and large all-purpose courts are being fitted with new surfaces as part of a $65,000 project.

Since Monday, workers have been sanding back the polished wooden floors and replacing the lighting for the new indoor netball courts.

Centre manager, Kerry McDonald, told the BDT the upgrades will enable indoor soccer, indoor netball and other activities to be played.

“There’s no indoor netball courts in Broken Hill so we’re trying to meet a need,” Ms McDonald said.

The resurfaced squash court would also make for a better Thursday night competition and perhaps attract more people to the sport, she said.

The refurbishment of the YMCA will be completed on Friday, according to Ms McDonald.

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