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Cash for quality cause

Thursday, 16th April, 2009

The NSW Minister for Youth, Graham West, yesterday granted $4,000 to help complete the BMX bike track being built at the local Police and Community Youth Club (PCYC). The money will be used to buy the remaining 200 tonnes of cracker dust needed to finish the track which is due for completion in the mid-year school holidays. This follows a $5,000 grant for the BMX track made by Mr West in 2007, in his previous role as NSW Minister for Sport and Recreation.

Mr West said the State Government funding was for a quality cause. "The BMX track will give young people the opportunity to enjoy sport in a safe environment," he said. During yesterday's visit to the PCYC, Mr West acknowledged the important role the club plays in keeping the youth of Broken Hill safe and engaged in their community and the link to his role as Minister for Juvenile Justice. "The Broken Hill PCYC is important to the local community, facilitating a number of activities and services for young people," Mr West said.

"This centre provides activities for young people in the area, with a focus on physical education that includes a range of self-defence and circuit training classes. "PCYC is an important partner with us in working with young people and keeping them out of trouble. "The PCYC is run, not only with police support, but with the help of a host of volunteers who make a genuine difference." Local PCYC Manager Larry Angell said he was delighted with the donation which comes on top of plenty of in-kind support, and generous donations from local individuals and businesses.

The PCYC has also received a $20,000 donation from an anonymous donor for the track.

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