YMCA NSW is committed to serving regional NSW. It is a passion for us to encourage healthier, happier and more connected communities in the isolated and rural areas of NSW. In fact over half our Recreation Centres are based outside of the Sydney Metropolitan area. We have YMCA centres and services in Broken Hill, Central Coast Region, Taree and Batemans Bay. We’ve also recently renewed our management contracts in the Northern NSW region of Bellingen and for the Broken Hill Regional Aquatic Centre in Far West NSW.
We understand your disappointment that YMCA NSW will be exiting from Raymond Terrace, as we too share this disappointment. Please know that this has been a difficult decision for us to make. We have enjoyed serving the Raymond Terrace community over the past seven years.
At the YMCA NSW, we see the safety and well-being of children, young people and vulnerable adults as our highest priority.
It is why we have recently created a brochure for all our members and stakeholders that explains our commitment.
We have decided to follow a decision taken by YMCA Victoria to ban the use of Mermaid Tails at all YMCA NSW managed swimming pools in NSW and the ACT effective Saturday 9 January 2016.
This week marks the 14th annual YMCA NSW Youth Parliament – where more than 160 young people from across the state have taken over NSW Parliament House in Sydney to have their voice heard on topics of public interest including rural homelessness, illicit drugs, aged care and domestic violence.