YMCA NSW has signed a contract with Hutchinson Builders to undertake the construction of the new YMCA Wellness Centre in Broken Hill.
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 site into a wellness centre for the Broken Hill community.
“We’re excited to have Hutchinson Builders on board,” said YMCA NSW CEO Leisa Hart. “Following a rigorous and robust tender process, Hutchinson was selected based on a range of evaluation criteria and their positive track record of delivering projects in Broken Hill, particularly through the recent Crystal Street Health Centre redevelopment.
“This appointment marks another significant step forward for the project and we remain on track to deliver the new centre to the community by the end of the year.”
A representative from Hutchinson Builders said: “We are thrilled to have picked up such an important community building. Broken Hill is a fantastic community and to contribute to it in a small way is really exciting and rewarding. YMCA is the sort of organisation that forms the backbone of communities and we can’t wait to work with them on bringing this project to life.
“Hutchinson Builders have been around for over 105 years and have enjoyed working in Broken Hill a number of times in recent years and are grateful to have another opportunity to do so with the YMCA.”
Hutchinson has committed to utilise local subcontractors and create employment opportunities for Indigenous people, YMCA NSW Area Manager Shane Simmons explained.
“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Hutchinson Builders on the YMCA upgrade and ensuring that the benefits of the project are realised locally,” Shane said. “They have committed to using local sub-contractors as well as exceeding the Y’s projected targets around Indigenous labour engagement. Hutchies, like YMCA, is a community-focused organisation and we look forward to sharing the journey of this project with the local community.”
Member for Barwon, Kevin Humphries, said the NSW Government was proud to be contributing to such a worthwhile community project through the Restart NSW Resources for Regions program.
“The centre will boost the regional economy and provide important local community amenities which enhance the liveability of Broken Hill,” Mr Humphries said.
The new YMCA 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.
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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