GEOFF Potts is the new manager of the PCYC, having previously worked as the lending manager at Orange Credit Union. Mr Potts says his new role lets him utilise both his financial background and his love of sport.
“I saw an opportunity arise here, I’ve been involved in kids’ sports for a number of years,” he said.
Mr Potts said it was early days and he had no plans to make major changes at the sports centre yet.
“I’m still finding my feet and getting my head around all the volunteers and activities which happen here,” he said.
“It’s a great facility and the teachers and instructors are outstanding.
“There’s big variety of activities on offer and at the moment we’re finalising out school holiday program.”
Meanwhile, member for Orange Andrew Gee has welcomed proposed new measures designed to strengthen the Environment Protection Authority’s (EPA) powers, including a 10-fold increase in penalties for companies that breach environment protection licenses.
Mr Gee said the EPA would have the tools it needed to be an effective environment watchdog for our community.
“We’re rebalancing our laws and regulations back in favour of the community and the environment,” he said.
“Our message to business is, if you do the right thing, you’ll pay less.
“But, if you pollute or damage the environment it’s time to clean up your act or face higher penalties and license fees.”
The proposed changes include increasing fines for the 10 most serious environmental offences from $1500 to $15,000 for a corporation and reducing state waste regulations to cut down the licensing thresholds for waste recycling and storage activities to stop stockpiling.
In other news, Sam's Warehouse, at the Orange Grove Homemakers Centre will close its doors on July 30.
Until the closing date the store will have a series of sales with up to 50 per cent off.