Over 300 locals attended a meeting last month to discuss potential redevelopment.
“And now our biggest fear has come true,” Mr Chuawiwat said.
“We thought the PCYC might get a fresh coat of paint for our 70th birthday, but they’ve, decided to nuke us instead.”
“It’s a disgrace.”
“The club has been part of our social fabric for 70 years,” Member for North Shore Felicity Wilson told Mosman Collective.
North Sydney’s PCYC was founded in 1953 and was hailed as one of Australia’s most modern facilities, with 3000 lower north shore boys signing up before the front doors even opened.
Over the years, the club has trained sporting champions like Kostya Tszyu, Mario Fenech and Greg Florimo.
The club’s Dojo serves as a magnet for boxers young and old, who train at the PCYC 7-days a week.
Member for North Shore, Felicity Wilson, told Mosman Collective while she welcomed a new ambulance station on the lower north shore there is some doubt around the Falcon St site.
“Questions remain as to the appropriateness of the location, as experts had identified Cremorne as the priority for this new station, noting existing ambulance stations at Naremburn and Artarmon, with the nearest station to the east in Balgowlah,” Ms Wilson said.
“I have sought an urgent briefing on the detailed analysis and assurances that this relocation away from Cremorne will still meet the needs of our community east of the Warringah Freeway in responding to callouts because we know that in emergencies, seconds matter.
“The PCYC has been part of the social fabric of our local community since 1953. I imagine this will be difficult for the 1500 North Sydney PCYC members and the many organisations and community members who pass through their doors. I’ve sought advice on the future plans for existing services and any impacts to external providers using the facilities.”
Young boxers photographed at the PCYC in the 1970s.
The NSW Health Minister’s office said consultations with the community and residents will be carried out in the coming months, with the project’s next steps including design development, prior to seeking planning approval.
NSW Health Infrastructure will work with the PCYC to facilitate a suitable handover, and construction time frames will be determined as the project progresses.
“Our paramedics will have a purpose-built station to help them deliver the best possible emergency and mobile medical care when and where needed,” Minister Ryan said.
North Sydney PCYC on Falcon St.
The site, which has good access to the major road network, is ideally suited to form part of the ambulance station network and the emergency ambulance response times in the North Sydney area.
“Now that the sale to the Ambulance Service has been confirmed, [North Sydney Council] will urge NSW Health to include a community facility within the new development to serve the significant need for the recreation facilities and programmes offered for youth in the North Sydney and surrounding local government areas,” Mayor Baker said.
The Falcon St station is being delivered as part of the NSW Government’s $488.8 million NSW Ambulance Infrastructure Program, the Health Minister said.