YMCA GAYNDAH: Australia's smallest independent YMCA may become a branch of YMCA Bundaberg. YMCA Australia CEO Ron Mell (left) and board member Peter Malone (centre) discussed the move with YMCA Gayndah president Dael Giddins (second left) and board members Lyn Connolly, Phil Duncan and Jan Hoyle (right). Photo Contributed
YMCA GAYNDAH: Australia's smallest independent YMCA may become a branch of YMCA Bundaberg. YMCA Australia CEO Ron Mell (left) and board member Peter Malone (centre) discussed the move with YMCA Gayndah president Dael Giddins (second left) and board members Lyn Connolly, Phil Duncan and Jan Hoyle (right). Photo Contributed Contributed

YMCA merger is expected

AUSTRALIA'S smallest independent YMCA may be granted a new lease of life in 2015, when an expected merger between the Gayndah and Bundaberg YMCAs takes place.

President of Bundaberg's board, Ross Peddlesden said the board would make its final decision in December.

"The board resolved at its last meeting to go ahead in principle, subject to some matters being finalised," Mr Peddlesden said.

Gayndah president Dael Giddins said a $9000 increase in the annual license fee on July 1 this year made it necessary to request the merger with YMCA Bundaberg.

"It's gone to the YMCA Bundaberg committee to make a decision and to make a memorandum of understanding between us," Ms Giddins said.

"It would still be called YMCA Gayndah... and the town won't lose the facility it has.

"I think it's got positives for us as we can't cover the ongoing expenses, but we do need the community to keep supporting us with people through the door."  

"Once this gets actioned, the (license) fees imposed on us will no longer stand.

"They were quite upfront about that with Bundaberg YMCA."

Meanwhile, the planned expansion to the Gayndah gym has started, with YMCA Bundaberg to contribute second-hand cardio equipment.

"The YMCA is funding the alterations to the gym area; we have set aside this money over the last couple of years," Ms Giddins said. 


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