The Redlands PCYC has been earmarked for major upgrades as part of the state government’s commitment to tackling youth crime and bolstering intervention programs.
The Capalaba-based PCYC will receive $2 million to upgrade existing facilities and improve service delivery of youth programs.
The upgrades are part of the government’s $50m state budget investment to support new and upgraded PCYC facilitates across the state.
PCYC Queensland delivers hundreds of intervention, prevention and diversion programs and activities across Queensland aimed at keeping young people engaged and on the right track.
Supporting more than 100,000 members each year, PCYC Queensland works closely with young people whose personal circumstances often leave them at risk, disadvantaged or disengaged.
Police Minister Mark Ryan said QPS and the government were committed to providing support and opportunities for young Queenslanders to build resilience and establish a sense of connection with their community.
“We know police work hand in hand with PCYC Queensland to turn the lives around of many young Queenslanders,” he said.
“Youth intervention and diversionary programs are critical to breaking the cycle of youth crime and the PCYC has a long-standing reputation in delivering effective programs which lead to community re-engagement, employment and study.
“That is why I’m pleased to see this significant investment in bolstering PCYC infrastructure in Queensland, which will enhance programs.”
Redlands MP Kim Richards said the local PCYC had been helping young people for many years.
“This investment by the government in partnerships with PCYC Queensland will not only help young people, it will further strengthen the Redlands community and help to deliver a safer community,” she said.
Capalaba MP Don Brown said the partnership between PCYC and the state government was delivering significant benefits for local communities.
“This is a great result for our young people and for the future of an even stronger, safer community,” he said.
PCYC Queensland chief executive Phil Schultz said the government investment would help the organisation carry out much needed upgrades and enhanced program delivery.
“PCYC and QPS have been working together to look at how they can further support the community working in conjunction with the police district to target specific areas of community need,” he said.