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History of Lang Park Police-Citizens Youth Club

In 1948, the Premier of Queensland, Edward Michael Hanlon, was gravely concerned with the increase of juvenile delinquency in the inner city suburbs. He established a committee to investigate the problem and it was their recommendation that a "Police-Citizens Youth Organisation" should be established. After a successful public meeting the Commissioner of Police, the late Cecil James Carroll, was elected as President of a movement later to be known as "Queensland Police-Citizens Youth Welfare".

The State Government purchased a building in 1949 and donated it to the newly formed Association. A well supported public appeal realised sufficient return to completely modernise and equip the property which has now become known as the Lang Park PCYC. On February 11, 1950, the official opening took place and youth activities commenced under the guidance of a Commissioned Police Officer and five Constables. Activities included Boxing, Wrestling, Judo, Basketball, Football Millinery, Woodwork, Needle Work, Painting, Marching Girls, Junior Boys Band and weekly Dances.  

Throughout the years the Lang Park PCYC has helped groom the skills of many Australian Olympians who participated in activities at the club. Some of these include; Hughie Williams (Wrestling), John Rakowski (Boxing), Michael Murphy (Diving) and Vicki Wilson in Netball. In addition to this the club is the home of the mighty Lang Park Lions Basketball Club, who helped create many Olympians including Larry Sengstock, Robert Sibley, Tony Barnett and Bronwyn Marshall.    

OBJECTS OF THE ASSOCIATION

The Queensland Police-Citizens Youth Welfare Association (QPCYWA) was incorporated on 20 May 1948. It is a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity. At the time of its incorporation, the QPCYWA's objectives were:

  • To afford the young people of Queensland an opportunity to participate in clean, healthy recreation
  • To improve the standard of physical fitness
  • To encourage and foster music, literature, art and culture
  • To encourage an interest in Australian flora and fauna
  • To encourage the principles of good citizenship
  • To Awaken citizens to their responsibility towards adolescents
  • To assist boys and girls to select their future vocation
  • To do anything conducive to the welfare of youth and citizens, generally
  • To promote the physical, mental and social welfare of youth, who, by physical or other handicaps or because of the indigent circumstances of their parents, may be regarded as disadvantaged.