YMCA Hobart chief executive officer Melissa Carlton has called the Federal Government’s $6 million grant to upgrade the Glenorchy centre a “game-changer” for the community.
Independent Member for Clark Andrew Wilkie secured the support of the Federal Government in fully funding a three-stage plan to reinvigorate and improve the Glenorchy YMCA.
“We looked at it as three stages of funding so were really hopeful of getting one stage, but to actually have all three stages funded just shows the confidence the Government has in the benefits of the YMCA for the community,” Ms Carlton said.
Ms Carlton said the building was in desperate need of an upgrade to provide current users and the future generation with the necessary facilities.
“The grant will mean we are able to deliver services for the next 50 years in a facility that’s a great asset to the community,” she said.
“You look at the way Glenorchy is changing and the role of the YMCA in helping community connectedness, and it shows how important it is to have facilities like this for people to work on their physical health, their social health and their mental wellbeing.”
Ms Carlton said the response from the community was very pleasing.
“There’s been some pretty difficult circumstances in maintaining the building given its age, so there’s a lot of excitement around the upgrade,” she said.
“We’ve had a lot of different groups contact us to see whether we can incorporate some of their ideas and input them into the design and that is absolutely what we plan on doing.”
Mr Wilkie said more than 300 square metres of community sporting and recreation infrastructure was going to be added to the existing building.
This includes an indoor skate park, an open-plan indoor sports arena, a community café and numerous meeting spaces.
“This sort of investment is worthwhile because sport and recreation facilities promote fitness, strengthen the community and give children in particular access to health activities in a safe environment run by good role models,” he said.
Caption: YMCA Hobart chief executive officer Melissa Carlton is excited about a $6 million grant to upgrade Glenorchy YMCA.