The City of Kalamunda has appointed the design team for the new Kalamunda Community Centre, which will be located at Jorgensen Park.
The Community reference group met on Jan 31 and will now kick off meetings with the multi-disciplinary design team led by architect Edwin Bollig of Bollig Design Group who is working to develop the final design of the Community Centre.
The building will replace the existing Jorgensen Park Pavilion, which has now reached its end of practical life.
The initial concept, developed in consultation with the Kalamunda Community Learning Centre and other potential users of the site, envisaged approximately 1,000m² of floor space, activity rooms, a crèche and outdoor play spaces. The architect will now develop the final design based on firming up the user needs and is expected to be finalised in the first half of 2019.
The project is being managed by the City of Kalamunda, with $3 million dollars’ worth of funding confirmed from the State Government of Western Australia, $2.5 million from Lotterywest, $1 million from the Federal Government and $150,000 from Kalamunda Community Learning Centre towards the project.
Mayor John Giardina said, “The City looks forward to the establishment of a new multi-purpose community hub, which will incorporate a new home for the Kalamunda Community Learning Centre, replacing the current Jorgensen Park Pavilion, which has reached its end of life and is no longer fit for purpose.”
The new premises will be accessible for a wide range of user groups of many ages and abilities. As a centre for lifelong learning there will be improved support for social and cultural outcomes by users and participants. The current pavilion is currently utilised by After School Arts, Kalamunda Community Learning Centre, The Mankind project and the Darling Range Brand of the Naturalists Club.
The Kalamunda Community Centre Reference Group was formed in late 2017, with their primary purpose to consider all matters relevant to the planning and design of the Kalamunda Community Centre, to provide advice, local knowledge and information to the City about local implications and opportunities for consideration during the planning and design of the centre, and to liaise and consult with individuals in the community and community groups to assist in understanding local issues and concerns.
The Kalamunda Community Learning Centre promotes intergenerational social and educational interaction and the provision of a crèche enables parents to participate. Children will be supported in their early development by the inclusion of a playgroup in the same location. The Building will be used for a number of different community groups.