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NIDC Proposed Facility Operators and Tenants - 26th June 2008

This is the text of an ILC Handout from the Open Day held on 26th June 2008. It provides details of who the ILC proposes to Operate and use the site. The major change from previous statements is the replacement of the PCYC by the the YMCA as the operator of the Community Sports and Recreation Centre and the dropping of Murawina Child Care Centre from the proposed tenants.

National Indigenous Development Centre: Proposed Facility Operators and Tenants

YMCA - Community Sports and Recreation Centre

The YMCA is a not-for-profit community organisation that has been working in Sydney and surrounding communities for more than 150 years. The YMCA owns and or operates over 20 community and sports/recreation facilities (including group accommodation facilities), and employs over 500 staff. The YMCA of Sydney is directed by a volunteer Board and Executive Management Team.

The YMCA vision aims to build strong people, strong families and strong communities and this is achieved through 10 target program areas: aquatics; children’s services; community sports competitions; youth leadership; camping outdoor education; community services; gymnastics; health and fitness; school PE.

The YMCA will offer the following types of programs at the NIDC Community Sports and Recreation Centre:

  • Basketball
  • Netball
  • Indoor Soccer
  • Fitness Centre
  • Group Fitness Classes
  • Before/After School and Holiday Care
  • Leisure swimming
  • Summer touch football

The YMCA have developed innovative staffing arrangements and subsidised fee structures to ensure all community access to the sports and recreation centre.

The Exodus Foundation – Educational Tutorial Centre

The Exodus Foundation, based in the Sydney suburb of Ashfield, assists homeless and abandoned youth and other people in need. Exodus was founded in 1986 by Rev. Bill Crews, Minister of the Ashfield Uniting Church. The Exodus Foundation has expressed interest in operating a specialised literacy tutorial centre at the NIDC. The program would be offered to local Indigenous students between 10-14 years old who are experiencing difficulties at school due to low literacy levels. The education programme, developed over the past 10 years, has helped many students improve their levels of literacy and numeracy and school behaviour and attendance.

The Exodus Tutorial Centre will be established in one of the former heritage buildings within the NIDC Site and provide 50 places for student enrolment.

National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Association (NASCA)

NASCA is a not-for-profit organisation operating to service the development of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders sport, with aims to be the peak body for Indigenous sport in Australia.

NASCA currently run a number of camps and programs focusing on Rugby League, Netball, Basketball and Cricket. Most of these programs are held in rural and remote areas of Australia. In 2006, 12,000 participants were involved in NASCA programs, of which 8,000 were from NSW. NASCA has expressed interest in relocating their administrative and management functions from their current location in the city of Sydney to the NIDC. It is anticipated that whilst the majority of NASCA funded camps and programs will continue to be held in rural areas, a number of future camps and programs will be held at the NIDC, utilising the playing field, community sports and recreation centre, hostel and dining facilities.

The Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team

The Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team (LMRDT) was established in 1991 with the aim of bringing about a change in the number of young Aboriginal men (years 10, 11 & 12) participating in the sport of Rugby Union. LMRDT will retain head office and administrative functions in St Leonard’s and propose to hire the NIDC facilities for a number of camps and events. 11 Rugby Union, Netball and Golf programs are currently planned for the NIDC bringing an estimated 465 Indigenous boys, girls, men and women to the Centre every year. LMRDT indicate that this is a conservative estimate and that the number of programs and participants are likely to grow.

Source: ILC Handout at Open day 26th June 2008

In a separate diagram on the National Indigenous Development Centre proposed Operating and reporting Structure the involvement of various bodies is seen as:

Tenants & Operators
YMCA Young Men’s Christian Association
NASCA National Aboriginal Sports Corporation Australia

Lloyd McDermott
ARL Australian Rugby League
NRL National Rugby League
ASC Australian Sports Commission
AILC Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre

Contractors & Suppliers