While the Mudgee Hospital redevelopment rolls on, a side-project of sorts has been completed at the PCYC, which has undergone some significant upgrades - including one that will help enable the facility's gym to operate 24-hours.
Hutchinson Builders, the contractor for the hospital, supported the Mudgee PCYC with the upgrade of the kitchen and the pool gym corridor. The latter a security requirement for when the gym starts to operate around the clock.
Furthermore, at Monday's handover they presented the community organisation with an additional $7,500 to be put towards future works at the location.
Mudgee PCYC manager, Railene Doherty, said that she couldn't believe what was being offered when first contacted and expressed her gratitude upon completion of the work.
"Here we are seven months done the line, the kitchen's done, with the financial support of the State and Federal governments, and with the support of Hutchinson Builders - and nothing has been too hard of a task for them," she said. "And I would just like to say an enormous 'thank you', from the committee and from the members and me, to all of you."
Howard Barton - PCYC general manager marketing, communications and events - added, "it's reformed the way that the community can use this club and is consistent with the PCYC's strategy to build contemporary facilities for the community and our youth."
Member for the Dubbo electorate, Dugald Saunders, was on-hand to check out the upgrades and said, "PCYCs are such an important part of our community, the differences they make are just so important, so to be able to support them gets a big tick".
"The value of hospitals to their communities extends far beyond healthcare and this is a perfect example of that," he added.
"Redevelopments such as this one at Mudgee Hospital provide positive economic and social flow-on effects within regional communities. Not only is there a new hospital coming but Hutchinsons have worked with the community to help with other projects as well."
And Sam Bandy, from Hutchinson Builders, said that there was further a flow-on effect through the works at the PCYC.
This kitchen upgrade has been badly needed.Federal MP, Andrew Gee
"It's been fantastic to be able to give back to the community," he said. "We've had local plumbers and tradesmen involved in the works, so it filters down the line and injects money further into the economy."
The upgrades were completed through; a $5,000 Federal Government grant, from the Stronger Communities Program, Round 5; a NSW Government grant; and Hutchinson Builders, who provided labour.
Federal Member for Calare, Andrew Gee, welcomed news of the completion of the project.
"This kitchen upgrade has been badly needed. The grant funding was used to fund a new commercial stove, range-hood and associated kitchen appliances as well as the installation of new bench tops, cupboards, and a coffee machine." he said.
"PCYC Mudgee is a vital community facility with over 20 weekly activities and programs. The kitchen is used regularly for a living skills program run by the police; food preparation for PCYC programs; catering for PCYC events and functions; as well as other community organisations."