Last push to get indoor sports back

IT HAS been flooded, gutted and ruined but now the Emerald Indoor Sports Centre at the showgrounds is on the comeback trail.

The centre was devastated by the 2010/11 floods and the building is in desperate need of repair before it can be reopened.

The Emerald PCYC has received approval to take over the lease of the centre and is making big plans to get indoor netball and cricket back into action by the beginning of 2012.

They're also planning on adding extra children's activities in October 2011.

A group of user members approached the PCYC to ascertain whether it was something that the organisation would be interested in and they jumped at the opportunity.

There might still be a long way to go yet before the centre is up to standard but things are slowly moving along with the help of the council and local business.

Emerald PCYC spokeswoman Renae Cannon thanked the Central Highlands Regional Council for its assistance helping with the cleaning of the facility, laying new carpet and fixing the foundations of the centre.

She said Central Highlands Drafting had also donated their services to draft new plans of the interior of the building while McPhee IT and the Emerald Cabin and Caravan Village had donated brand new scoreboards, which will make running the sports events so much easier.

"We thank these businesses most kindly for their assistance and it would be great to see more local businesses come on board," Cannon said.

The PCYC is currently seeking funding through grants and requesting assistance from other local business to enable the centre to operate again.

If you are interested in donating your time, equipment or sponsorship, please contact Acting Sergeant Renae Cannon at the Emerald PCYC on 4987 7475.

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