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PCYC hopes are dashed

Head of the Clarence Valley Youth Initiative, Ursula Tunks has resigned from the committee.
Head of the Clarence Valley Youth Initiative, Ursula Tunks has resigned from the committee.

THE Clarence Valley has missed out on $250,000 to establish a Police Citizens Youth Club, effectively ending the hopes of the committee working on the project.

NSW PCYC chief executive Chris Gardiner confirmed yesterday Clarence Valley Council's expression of interest (EOI) was unsuccessful in obtaining an allocation of $250,000 to establish a mobile PCYC through the soon-to-be unveiled Out of the Box program.

Though The Daily Examiner could not speak with Mr Gardiner as he was on leave, he emailed his responses to questions yesterday.

Asked about the selection process, Mr Gardiner said he and two other people - a senior public servant and a senior police officer - made recommendations to the board of the PCYC, the body holding the funding.

"The board consults the Minister for Police regarding any decision to ensure concurrent views," he said.

Contrary to previously published information, Mr Gardiner said there was no second round of allocations.

"Five locations were decided, four of which have been announced - Port Macquarie, Auburn, Camden and Far South Coast," he said. "The remaining allocations will be subject to recommendations that take into account all EOIs submitted, alternative sites that may now be viable, and on the merits of each case."

The Examiner was unable to clarify by deadline how many more allocations were available and if the full $250,000 would be available for those allocations.

"Unfortunately, the EOI was unsuccessful. The EOI has been retained. Should a decision be made regarding the remaining allocations, all councils that have made submissions will be advised," Mr Gardiner said.

He responded to an invitation to tour the valley, saying he had attended any site visits required.

"I do not see further site visits as necessary at this stage," he said

"The Clarence Valley proposal was outlined to PCYC directly by the former state member and by the mayor, and was the subject of a detailed EOI. I am therefore fully aware of the proposal."

In other PCYC-related news, head of the Clarence Valley Youth Initiative, Ursula Tunks has resigned from the committee citing personal reasons including depression.

Ms Tunks, who established the initiative with a small number of dedicated volunteers in 2009, will tell of her battle with depression in a Daily Examiner article next week as part of the paper's Stand Up For Mental Health campaign.

Committee member Robyn Holloway took over as interim chairwoman on Monday and an AGM will be held on Monday, July 2 at the Clarence Village Hall (from 6pm) to decide on a new chair and secretary.

Ms Holloway said she would not be seeking election and called for all interested parties to attend the meeting.

She said the committee was a core group of six active members.

Topics:  grant, pcyc




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