PCYC Needed: Clarence Valley youth advocates Ursula Tunks (left) and Robyn Shelley present Member for Clarence Steve Cansdell with more than 500 petitions.
PCYC Needed: Clarence Valley youth advocates Ursula Tunks (left) and Robyn Shelley present Member for Clarence Steve Cansdell with more than 500 petitions.

Push is on for police youth club

THE campaign for a Police Citizens Youth Club (PCYC) in the Clarence Valley has stepped up a notch with a petition containing more than 1000 signatures handed to Member for Clarence Steve Cansdell last week.

An additional 220 letters of support have been handed in to Chief Inspector Jason Breton at Grafton police, who will forward the letter to NSW police management on the community’s behalf.

Meanwhile, the first meeting of the Valley’s Youth Organisation/Service Steering Committee was held on Monday at the New School of Arts, South Grafton.

The group’s Facebook site, People for a Comprehensive Youth Service and PCYCs for the Clarence Valley, had 319 members late yesterday.

The site says the group is “committed to establishing safe, non-threatening environments for the youth of the Clarence Valley to enjoy – encouraging and enhancing their participation in a wide range of social, sporting and creative endeavours”.

“If we don’t value our young people by providing them with the services they need, then how can we expect them to value themselves or their community,” the preamble said.

Asked to state on the site what they wanted for Valley youth, site members have called for better transport, more support for musical events and arts facilities and a youth space near one, if not all, of the Clarence Valley’s CBDs.



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