Big plans for new facilities at Cowra PCYC

Member for Cootamundra, Steph Cooke, along with other stakeholders on the planned site of the PCYC's newest additions.
Member for Cootamundra, Steph Cooke, along with other stakeholders on the planned site of the PCYC's newest additions.

There will be plenty on offer for Cowra's youth with the construction of new facilities underway on a vacant lot out the back of the PCYC Young Rd building.

Thanks to funding from a number of different sources, work has begun on a green space that will include a travelling outdoor cinema and an Indigenous garden with a 10 metre long Goanna as the centrepiece.

PCYC Cowra Manager Stewart Mead said he was excited to see years of planning come to fruition.

"We will be placing a shipping container at the end of the block so that we can put a cinema screen on that and raise it up," he said.

"The next thing that we will be working on will be the Indigenous garden, which is being done with the support of the Natural Resource Management group from council.

"We'll be cutting a Goanna into the ground, which will probably me ten metres long and up to four or five metres wide. We'll be looking to pump water through the Goanna to try and replicate a river so that people can come and sit [in it] and be cool and calm in a peaceful space that has a lot of Indigenous plants.

"The final stage that we'll be working on, that we're not yet funded for, is to build a pump track."

Mr Mead said there are also plans in place to construct a cafe with a pizza oven inside of a shipping container with the potential for employment opportunities for Cowra's youth.

The green space is estimated to take five to six weeks to finish, and the indigenous garden is expected to take another five to six weeks.

Cowra PCYC is also interested in taking the cinema to other small towns such as West Wyalong, Grenfell, Canowindra, Woodstock and Condobolin.

"[The idea for the cinema] was part of research that was done a couple of years ago in Cowra about what people wanted, in that report it was identified that the youth of Cowra wanted the cinema to come back," Stewart said.

Mick Gee, who is assisting with the construction of the projects, says he wants to see it all the way through.

"I'd like to get behind and give my best to the project because I just think it's great for not only my kids, but everyone's kids," he said.

"I'd have somewhere for my kids to go, and I'd know they're safe."

Member for Cootamundra, Steph Cooke said she'll continue to support the PCYC throughout the project.

"I will continue to fight for funding for the PCYC here in Cowra because they do such a fantastic job," she said.

"So every time there is a funding application that goes in, I will be backing it as far and as hard as I can to make sure that we continue to invest in here and see this vision come to life."