WORK has begun on the Muswellbrook PCYC car park.
And, manager De-anne Douglas could not be more excited.
Ms Douglas said the project was needed for a number of reasons.
The facility is not only used by PCYC visitors, but also regularly houses the Red Cross blood donation van and the BreastScreen NSW bus.
“With this car park being the way it was, it getting down to the wire of whether we could have the blood bus or the breast bus services back at our club, and that affects the community as a whole,” she said.
“We’ve been trying to raise money now for the last two years.
“It’s got to the point where we’re trying to fix it, but it’s sort of like putting a Band-Aid on a sore that needs medication.
“We’ve been very fortunate that our state office have actually given us some money towards the project and other money has come in from fundraising.
“Currently Mt Arthur have an appeal in place – any Mt Arthur employees that donate to the car park, Mt Arthur will give us $2 for every dollar they donate.”
The work, which began this week, is expected to take at least a month to complete.
“There’s a lot that needs to be done,” Ms Douglas said.
“It’s all got to be dug up, we’ve got to have all new drainage put in, we’ve got to have power lines put in for the new lighting, and it’s actually going to be fenced, and line-marked.
“It’s a massive job.”
In the meantime, Ms Douglas would like visitors to know the facility is still open, and that more funding is required to reach the target of approximately $300,000.
“We’re open at the same hours,” she said.
“People need to park out on the road but they enter through the grassed area in front of the fitness centre.
“We’re still short of our total, so if there’s any businesses out there or anybody that would like to make a donation towards the car park we’d really appreciate it.
“We’re a charity, so we don’t get government funding.
“We need the community to rally and give us a hand to get this car park done.”
The project will use local businesses and supplies throughout construction.
It will also be environmentally-friendly, with existing sub-grade materials recycled to avoid landfill.