Alister Henskens portrait
Alister Henskens portrait

Brand New Police Citizens And Youth Club For Hornsby-Ku-ring-gai

Alister attending the opening of the PCYC Hornsby Ku-ring-gai

A new Police Citizens and Youth Club (PCYC) for the Hornsby - Ku-ring-gai community officially opened today in Waitara, as the organisation celebrates 80 years of empowering young people to reach their full potential.

Minister for Police Troy Grant said he was thrilled to see the centre up and running, which will provide recreational activities and outreach services for local youths.

“I know firsthand how invaluable our NSW Police Force’s influence can be on our young people and I congratulate the community for working together to make this new facility a reality,” Mr Grant said.

“The PCYC provides an extensive range of extra-curricular activities for young people in a safe and fun environment, aiming to reduce criminal and anti-social behaviour, and to promote citizenship and civic engagement within communities.

“The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government has committed more than $22 million to PCYCs across the state since 2011 to build new clubs, upgrade existing facilities, and to fund new and innovative programs to enhance the organisation’s reach."

Member for Hornsby Matt Kean said two NSW Police Force officers will be based at the new club as Youth Case Managers.

“Kids in our local area will have a new afterschool hang out, with the added benefit of positive role models being on hand to lead activities and provide meaningful advice and guidance,” Mr Kean said.

“This Government is committed to improving outcomes for young people by encouraging participation in healthy, constructive pastimes.”

Member for Ku-ring-gai Alister Henskens praised PCYC staff for their significant contribution to the wellbeing of young people, and community safety.

“I joined my local PCYC as a ten-year-old and played club basketball with them for many years. It is an organisation that strengthens the ties between police and the community, especially our youth. The PCYC gives our teenagers the skills and resilience they need to become future leaders,” Mr Henskens said.

“I congratulate local President Peter Kirkwood and his team for persevering over many years and I am confident the new club will make a real difference to the lives of many young people in our area.”

The new $12.5 million facility boasts premium indoor sports courts, modern gym and fitness equipment, a youth hub space, various multipurpose rooms, a café and a 90-space car park.