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GOING UP: The PCYC’s Sergeant John Kendall is excited about the progress of the Multiplex.
GOING UP: The PCYC’s Sergeant John Kendall is excited about the progress of the Multiplex. Mike Knott BUNPCYC

"To be able to walk through the site and see it up close was fantastic," he said.

"It's exciting times ahead for sure."

The sense of relief and anticipation Sgt Kendall is feeling is understandable.

It's been a tough 18 months for PCYC Bundaberg with staff redundancies and the closure of some programs last year after it agreed to move out of its former premises so Bundaberg State High School could expand.

But now, Stage 1 of the Bundaberg Multipurpose Complex at the old Bundaberg Showgrounds is rapidly taking shape with cranes lifting the towering concrete walls into position.

The PCYC has been working out of three locations with its main base at the former Salvation Army citadel at Targo St.

Sgt Kendall said during the upheaval, he and his staff committed to not letting any of its youth programs fall by the wayside.

"We have built strong partnerships in the community with schools and businesses," she said.

Sgt Kendall he was beginning to look at fitting out the commercial gym and childcare facility.

"If there any businesses or community organisations that want to get behind us and provide any of the equipment we will need, give us a call," he said.

Mayor Jack Dempsey said the building, being constructed at a cost of $14.5 million, was scheduled for completion in late October

"This project is generating local jobs and is providing a welcome economic injection into the local business community with some $7 million being spent with local contractors and suppliers," he said.

Council sport and recreation and venues spokesman Dave Batt said the scale of the construction was impressive.

"This will be a major asset to our community and will be the centrepiece of everything that will eventually evolve on this site incorporating community assets, business investment and residential property," he said.

Cr Dempsey said the council eagerly awaited the announcement of successful applications under Round 3 of the National Stronger Regions program where the council seeked financial support of $5 million to progress a second stage development for the facility.

Fast facts

$14.5 million - construction cost

$7 million - spent with local contractors and suppliers

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