Mark Coulton MP, Federal Member for Parkes

More than $370,000 to boost Broken Hill YMCA

Monday, 9 July 2018

  • Four projects in the Parkes electorate funded under Building Better Regions Fund – Infrastructure Projects stream 
  • Coalition Government investing $1.4 million in projects in the Parkes electorate
  • 136 projects will be funded under the Infrastructure Projects stream, with the Coalition Government investing over $200 million

The Broken Hill YMCA will receive an upgrade to its Integrated Wellness Centre, thanks to Federal Government funding of $371,302.

Member for the Parkes electorate, Mark Coulton, announced the funding as part of the Coalition Government’s Building Better Regions Fund – Infrastructure Projects stream.

Mr Coulton said the upgrade to the Integrated Wellness Centre will provide a wealth of physical and mental wellbeing benefits to YMCA members and the wider Broken Hill community.

“This is a fantastic outcome for the people of Broken Hill, who stand to benefit from the upgrade to the centre’s mezzanine including two multi-purpose spaces, a spin room, a lift and improved accessibility,” Mr Coulton said.

“This funding will go a long way to promote volunteerism, increase social interaction and inclusion, and build on community partnerships in the town.

The new Wellness Centre will create at least 17 new jobs, including three for Indigenous people.

“These benefits will have major flow-on effects across the town, ensuring our wider region continues to thrive and prosper into the future.

“I’m pleased to see this significant investment in building a stronger economy and driving jobs for the long term, and I’d like to congratulate Broken Hill YMCA on their foresight and success in receiving this funding.”

Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said the project will deliver significant economic and social benefits to the community.

“Under round two of the Building Better Regions Fund – Infrastructure Projects stream, the Coalition Government is investing well over $200 million in 136 projects,” Dr McVeigh said.

“This means local projects are receiving the funds needed to take a big idea and make it a reality.” 
YMCA NSW Area Manager Shane Simmons welcomed the funding announcement.

“We are absolutely delighted to receive this funding from the Federal Government. We’d like to particularly thank the Member for Parkes Mark Coulton, for sharing our vision for the new centre and the significant benefits it will provide,” Mr Simmons said.

“This contribution means we can deliver a wonderful facility that this town needs and deserves.”

Construction of the new centre is well underway, with major excavation and demolition works complete.

Other successful recipients of this funding round in the Parkes electorate include:

Cobar Shire Council - $349,777 for a new memorial structure in Heritage Park
Baradine and District Progress Association - $600,000 to build retirement housing
Baradine Golf Club - $140,515 for a new clubhouse

Media Contacts 
Dr McVeigh - Clare Siddins 0427 200 674
Mark Coulton - Anna Tickle 0400 050 729
YMCA - Shane Simmons 0419 586 280

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