New rooms put to good use at sporting facility

GOOD SPACE: Stanthorpe YMCA executive officer Steve McEvoy was thrilled with funding that helped make their new rooms a possibility.
GOOD SPACE: Stanthorpe YMCA executive officer Steve McEvoy was thrilled with funding that helped make their new rooms a possibility. Liana Turner

THE 2011 floods were devastating for the Stanthorpe YMCA but out of a bad situation has come new opportunities.

Executive officer Steve McEvoy said thanks to more than $80,000 in state funding through the Get Playing Program, their new rooms had been not only well-implemented but strongly received.

After the old gymnastics room and equipment were destroyed in the floods, he said initial repairs resulted in new flooring and an open space but they wanted to better utilise the facility.

McEvoy said Southern Downs Regional Council put forward about $22,000 towards the co-contribution funding for the council-owned building.

Stanthorpe YMCA has welcomed the funding which made its new rooms possible.
Stanthorpe YMCA has welcomed the funding which made its new rooms possible. contributed

"We did it on the basis that it was just an open space down there, where we were doing some karate and boxing and other sports and classes,” he said.

"Obviously in winter it's very cold down there and in summer it's very hot too, so to get better utilisation out of the rooms I decided to apply for funding through that particular grant and we were successful in getting it.”

While the flood had posed a great challenge for them, McEvoy said the funding had brought about great opportunities.

"We lost a lot of our gymnastics and all that type of stuff in the floods in 2011,” he said.

"While they replaced the floor we had this big open area and we thought, what can we do with that?

"That's when we came up with a plan, when this funding opportunity came along.

"We spoke to the builders and asked what's the best way of approaching it to get the best utilisation out of what we've got.”

The YMCA recently launched gymnastics again and this has since expanded to 10 classes a week.

He said with a host of fitness classes and spin classes being held in the newer spaces, the renovations were being put to good use.

"Being air-conditioned and insulated, it's nice and cool in the summer and nice and warm in the winter,” he said.

"It's a matter of letting us be up to the standards that are expected in 2017 when you go into a facility like this.”

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