PCYC 85th Anniversary
Mr ALISTER HENSKENS (Ku-ring-gai—Minister for Skills and Training, Minister for Science, Innovation and Technology, Minister for Enterprise, Investment and Trade, and Minister for Sport)—With a long and proud history empowering young people to reach their potential, Police Citizens Youth Clubs [PCYC] are celebrating their 85th anniversary this year. I'm grateful that Ku-ring-gai is home to 1 of the 66 clubs across NSW, the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai PCYC. The Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Club has done much for young people in the community, running programs that provide real life skills and developing good character through mentoring and training. Programs include Rise Up, working with the NSW Police Force youth command to counter the impact of juvenile offending which reduces reoffending rates by 70 per cent, to other initiatives such as driving and leadership programs. They also pride themselves on encouraging physical health, offering new and exciting sports and recreational facilities year round. I am proud to have supported Hornsby Ku-ring-gai PCYC over the years and attended many of their events, including the launch of a 12-seater bus, partly funded by the NSW Government, and the Rise Up graduation ceremony more recently. Congratulations to the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Club, its members and partners, as well as PCYC's across NSW on 85 years of service.