Hub jumps ahead
Monday, 22nd May, 2017
By Emily Roberts
The YMCA’s Wellness Hub is moving in leaps and bounds with the announcement of the project managers and the transition of the gym to a new location.
In January 2017, YMCA NSW was awarded a $3.9 million grant, from the NSW Government’s Restart NSW Resources for Regions program to fund the redevelopment of the existing Broken Hill YMCA into an integrated health and wellness hub for the community.
They also received contributions from City Council.
Through this purpose-built facility, Broken Hill will have access to a broader array of services ranging from mental health support, culturally appropriate fitness programs, mine-worker wellbeing programs and inclusive programs for people with disabilities.
In addition, YMCA will continue to deliver the traditional services and programs the community have accessed and enjoyed in recent years.
Regional project management firm Central West Project Management will lead the $4.58 million redevelopment.
It is anticipated that construction is expected to commence in September/October 2017 with a projected completion date of late 2018, during this period the Chloride-Cobalt street facility will be closed.
In order to provide the Broken Hill community and YMCA member’s ongoing programs and services, the YMCA considered several options as temporary premises.
These temporary facilities will be utilised during the construction period and will maintaining existing operating hours.
The majority of the YMCA services will be delivered out of 8-10 Oxide Street (subject to relevant approvals and permits), while some programs such as Zumba operating from the YWCA hall in Blende Street.
During the transitional period, recreation programs, personal training, group fitness, spin classes, creche services, functional gym equipment and merchandise including protein and supplements will be offered at the interim site.
In order to minimise the impact this upgrade will have on the squash court players, the YMCA, working in conjunction with the construction company will make every effort to ensure the courts are available to the community with as little interruption as possible.
YMCA Centre Manager Shane Simmons said everything was moving full steam ahead.
“We are very excited to commence the planning and concept stages of the redevelopment by working with our members and the community for the delivery of the wellness facility,” Mr Simmons said.
“Hopefully, the facility will create a healthy, happier and more connect Broken Hill community.”
Mr Simmons said the bulk of their services will run out of 8-10 Oxide Street and the YWCA hall will act as an additional venue.
“Fitting out this facility has commenced,” he said.
“Transitional arrangements for the interim premise will take place and we expect minimal disruption to our users of the YMCA.”
Mr Simmons said they will also hold stakeholder and community engagement sessions.
“The process of stakeholder and community engagements will commence shortly and will enable the community to have their say on the new facility.
“We aim to have all inclusive wellness hub with the ability to cater for people with varying degree of needs.”
If you have any questions regarding the redevelopment of the centre or are looking for more information on YMCA locations and programs, please contact YMCA Centre Manager Shane Simmons on 8088 1999.