FOND FAREWELL: Popular PCYC branch manager, Sergeant Mick Hughes, will finish next week.
FOND FAREWELL: Popular PCYC branch manager, Sergeant Mick Hughes, will finish next week. Michael Doyle

PCYC to farewell Mick

SIX YEARS of programs and countless sausage sizzles have been overseen by Sergeant Mick Hughes.

The Dalby PCYC has been his project since becoming branch manager in 2012.

But the popular figure around town is saying goodbye to Dalby, to take up his newest challenge on the Sunshine Coast.

Sgt Hughes will be farewelled after his last shift, next Thursday at the Dalby PCYC.

Sgt Hughes said he will miss the friendly community, which embraced him with open arms.

"I have had a great six years here, living in a really good rural community,” Sgt Hughes said.

"As much as I really love the coast, I will really miss Dalby.”

When he first took up the post, Sgt Hughes said there was plenty of opportunity to be explored for the club.

He said he will leave Dalby next week very proud of what the entire team has been able to achieve.

"The club itself was described as a blank-canvas when I got here, meaning there was a lot of opportunity for police and community engagement,” Sgt Hughes said.

"I am very proud to say over the last six years we have improved our police and community engagement around Dalby.”

For Sgt Hughes, the youth of Dalby has been integral to the success and growth of the club.

The Dalby PCYC will continue to be a strong and positive influence in the community, as long as the youth remain engaged.

"What I loved about here was seeing young people step outside of their comfort zone and come to the self-realisation that they can achieve,” he said.

"Working with like-minded people in the community, who put service above themselves especially our volunteers was also wonderful.”

A new branch manager for the Dalby PCYC has yet to be named.