Improved facilities at reopened Kensington PCYC to benefit at-risk children


Kensington PCYC centre manager Amanda Dow and chief executive   John Gillespie check out the refurbished Safe Space.
Kensington PCYC centre manager Amanda Dow and chief executive John Gillespie check out the refurbished Safe Space.

THE Kensington PCYC has officially opened after a major renovation that will benefit at-risk kids in the area.

About $1.1 million has been invested into the building from the State Government as part of a statewide upgrade program, while the Town of Victoria Park also made a $140,000 contribution.

Among the upgrades is a refurbished Safe Space, training rooms and kitchen, as well as expanded workshops and a new servery.

The Kensington Out of School Care Centre now has a new roof, gutters and downpipes, and sections of the boundary fence have been modified, while the the Victoria Park Men’s Shed facilities have also been upgraded.

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Representatives from the Town of Victoria Park, City of South Perth and both sides of politics, including Police Minister Liza Harvey, attended the opening on February 22.

PCYC chief executive John Gillespie said the refurbishment of the centre, along with others around WA, would push the organisation in a new direction.

“It’s all about assisting the development of young people who are at risk and repeat offenders as well as our boosting our ability to work with the police,” he said.

“The redevelopment will allow us to create activities for all and give back to the community.”

Ms Harvey said the redevelopment came out of the Brown Review, which found that upgrades were needed to “tired” PCYC facilities.

“This a great facility and the people working at the PCYC do a tremendous job; they won an award for excellence at the PCYC awards last year for their driver program,” she said.