The City of Kalamunda has welcomed confirmation from the State Government it will honour its election pledge and provide the final $3 million to build the Kalamunda Community Centre.
The City has confirmed funding from Lotterywest for $2.5 million and $1 million from the Federal Government towards the project.
Mayor John Giardina said, “The City looks forward to the establishment of a new multi-purpose community hub, replacing the current Jorgensen Park Pavilion, which has reached its end of life and is no longer fit for purpose.”
“A concept plan has been developed in consultation with the Kalamunda Community Learning Centre and other potential users of the site. Development of the community centre is required to meet current and future demands.”
“The Learning Centre and City have been working together for a number of years on this project, with two feasibility studies completed in recent years, the City has also developed a Community Reference Group for the project.”
“The City will now commence detailed design, with construction expected to start in 2019.”
Kalamunda Community Learning Centre building committee chairperson, Ian Tarling said, “I am very happy the funding has been confirmed, there is happiness all round amongst our members. It will be of benefit to the entire community. We would like to thank the local member Mathew Hughes.”
The concept includes approx 1,000m2 floor plan which responds to the requirements of the Feasibility Study, dedicated office for the Kalamunda Community Learning Centre (KCLC) and shared use of all other rooms and spaces on a hire arrangement from the City, space for families and children in a crèche and playgroup area including outdoor play spaces.
A dedicated craft room and adjoining kiln room for the KCLC, with external walls and ventilation is also included, along with a training kitchen, which will allow cooking classes to be conducted and will also support the delivery of catering to functions within the building.
Fire management, an upgraded electricity supply, connection to sewer and to the existing carpark and pathways are all a part of the plan.
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 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.