YMCA NSW is delighted to receive $371,302 in funding for the new YMCA Wellness Centre from the Federal Government through the Building Better Regions Funding (BBRF), as announced by Member for Parkes Mark Coulton earlier today.
The funding will enable the exciting vision for the mezzanine section of the new centre in Broken Hill to be realised which will include two multi-purpose spaces, a spin room, a lift and amenities and allow for additional resources such as a dedicated consultation room and improved accessibility.
The mezzanine area of the $5.4 million centre is approximately 220 square metres and will support a range of programs including and not limited to instructor and virtual spin/cycle classes, allied health services and group activities.
YMCA NSW was awarded $3.9 million from the NSW Government under the Restart NSW Resources for Regions program in January last year to redevelop the old YMCA building into a Wellness Centre.
YMCA NSW Area Manager Shane Simmons said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive this funding from the Federal Government today and we thank them and in particular the Member for Parkes for sharing our vision for the new centre and the significant benefits it will provide to the Broken Hill community.
“This contribution, along with the significant $3.9 million granted by the NSW Government, the $1 million-plus provided by YMCA NSW and the contributions of our local partners Broken Hill City Council and Maari Ma, means we can deliver a wonderful facility that this town needs and deserves.”
Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries welcomed the announcement of this continued support, now from the Federal Government, to ensure YMCA’s vision and hopes are achieved for the YMCA Wellness Centre in Broken Hill.
“So much thought and planning has gone into this project and I am looking forward to the official opening anticipated early next year,” Mr Humphries said.
Construction of the new centre is well underway, with major excavation and demolition works complete, with structural steel and services works commencing soon.
The new Wellness Centre will deliver significant health and wellbeing benefits to the Broken Hill community, with expanded programs and services and will create at least 17 new jobs, including three for Indigenous people.
The project remains on track to be completed by the end of 2018.
YMCA NSW has been involved with the Broken Hill community for 100 years, and more than half of the not for profit’s locations are in rural and regional areas. For more information on YMCA NSW locations and programs, visit www.ymcansw.org.au
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About YMCA NSW YMCA NSW is a community not-for-profit organisation committed to healthy living, empowerment and positive social impact. We believe in the power of inspired young people to effect positive change in the world. We support this by offering a range of programs and services at more than 100 locations across NSW and the ACT. YMCA NSW is recognised as a Safeguarding Children accredited organisation by the Australian Childhood Foundation. To find out more, visit www.ymcansw.org.au