PCYC submission on way to Sydney

A MEMO of recommendation for a Police Citizens Youth Club (PCYC) in the Clarence Valley has been officially lodged.

NSW Police confirmed yesterday it had lodged a submission for a PCYC to be built in the Clarence Valley.

Acting Northern Region Commander, Detective Superintendent Max Mitchell, spoke with The Daily Examiner yesterday and said while the submission had the full support of the police, the act of sending a submission did not necessarily guarantee construction of a PCYC.

“The submission was sent to Sydney from Newcastle today (Tuesday) with a memo of recommendation attached,” he said.

“While we believe that a PCYC would benefit the Grafton area, it is very important for the wider community to understand that the police department and PCYC are very separate entities.”

He also stated the submission, which contained hundreds of letters of support and a petition displaying thousands of signatures, had not been lost as previously reported in The Daily Examiner.

“The submission came to us from the Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command. It was merely doing the rounds and getting approval from the necessary people involved in something like this,” he said.

The most recent push to get a PCYC in the Valley is being co-ordinated by Grafton-based Ursula Tunks, who was pleased with the news.

“It is so important for the community to bridge the gap between the youth and the police force,” she said.

“No matter where it is located, any PCYC established in the Valley will benefit the entire community.”

Ursula will head a community meeting at her business on the corner of Fry and Cranworth streets next Monday at 6pm.

“I feel that the community should be involved in this campaign because if your community prospers and develops – and having a PCYC locally will without a doubt help the community prosper – I encourage anyone to come to this meeting on Monday,” she said.



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