Residents of Glenorchy and surrounding areas will be excited to hear that there are plans afoot for the YMCA to launch a new range of community programs and activities.
Chief Executive Officer Christine Allen said that many programs had been suspended as a result of Covid, but that the downtime had been used to prepare for a broader range of community health, wellbeing, sport and recreation opportunities.
“The Y has served the community for about 140 years in Tasmania and has over 50 years of providing local residents with low-cost programs, sports and community work”, she said. “In the New Year we will be engaging with various civic groups, sporting associations, schools and fellow not-for-profits to maximise our contribution to the community – not just to locals, but to the greater Hobart area as well”.
Ms Allen said that central to the Y’s rejuvenation was a new building to be built on the same footprint as the current Y building in Constance Avenue.
“We are most grateful for the support of Mr Andrew Wilkie MP, and former Senator Mr Eric Abetz, for facilitating the provision of a $6 million dollar grant to fund our endeavours,” she said.
Ms Allen also paid tribute to the YMCA’s volunteer Board, current and former staff for their ongoing commitment and efforts and said that whilst floor plans were yet to be finalised, it was anticipated that work would commence in mid 2023. The new building would be completed in stages over an 18-24 month period.
“During that time we hope to retain most, if not all, of our current activities and health and wellbeing-related tenancies, and will be opening up more floor space for community activities.
“We will be also inviting expressions of interest in occupancy of the new multi-purpose facility in due course, and can’t wait to share a coffee with our fellow community members in the brand new café!”
Any community groups wishing to enquire about immediate opportunities or seeking more information in relation to the new building are invited to call the Y on 0447 137 503.
Chief Executive Officer
Media Inquiries Any media inquiries can be directed to Christine Allen on mobile: 0438 868 880