Vote Now To Name the City’s New Community Centre
The City of Kalamunda is one-step closer to naming its new community centre at Jorgensen Park after releasing a shortlist of six names for public voting.
From March to May 2020, consultation was undertaken to seek naming suggestions for the new facility.
In accordance with Council policy, any person was invited to submit suggestions although submissions had to include relevant information in order to meet the criteria set out by the City.
Of the 80 names submitted, six were shortlisted by a selection panel for inclusion in the public voting poll. The shortlisted names* are: Bibbulmun Community Centre; Cala Munda Community Centre; Cala Community Hub; Jorgensen Community Centre; Kaartdijin Community Centre and Kalamunda Community Centre.
City Mayor Margaret Thomas said there were many thoughtful suggestions with each of the shortlisted names connected to locality, history or Aboriginal culture and heritage.
"The new centre will be a fantastic space for our community to enjoy and I am excited to move into this next milestone phase where the public can vote on the new name," Cr Thomas said.
Construction started on the multi-purpose building in January. The new facility replaces the Jorgensen Park Pavilion, which has reached its end of life.
Council adopted the centre’s design in June 2019, following extensive consultation with the Kalamunda Community Learning Centre and Community Reference Group.
Key features of the new build include: seven activity rooms, two halls, office space, a kitchen, bathrooms, outdoor play areas and a viewing deck.
Public voting on the name will run until 30 September 2020. The item will then go to Council.
To have your say, head online to engage.kalamunda.wa.gov.au and make your selection or pick up a hard copy form from any City library or the Administration Centre and return to the CEO, City of Kalamunda, PO Box 42, Kalamunda WA 6926 by the deadline.
The new community centre is funded from the State Government of Western Australia ($3 Million), Lotterywest ($2.5 Million) and the Federal Government ($1 Million), with a $150,000 contribution from the Kalamunda Community Learning Centre.
*The following rationales were offered by the community when submitting their nominations:
- Bibbulmun Community Centre - I have made this suggestion because Kalamunda is already an aboriginal name and due to the start of the iconic Bibbulmun Track it would be a fitting name for the new community centre. It also honours the original inhabitants of this region.
- Cala Munda Community Centre - Ties in well with Kalamunda's Aboriginal history.
- Cala Community Hub - 'Cala' - signifying home and bush.'Hub' - a centre around which other things revolve, a focus of activity.
- Jorgensen Community Centre - Appropriate as this is where the building is located and residents are familiar with its location.
- Kaartdijin Community Centre - Kaartdijin means ‘knowledge’ in the language of the Noongar people. This new place is a space for people to come together and share their knowledge - an intergenerational space that is placed on the Kalamunda terminus of the Bibbulmun Track.
- Kalamunda Community Centre - I see no reasonable explanation to change the name. The community centre is for the use of the whole of the City of Kalamunda and the current name is easily recognisable by residents and visitors alike.
The name Kalamunda Community Centre (KCC) works. It says exactly what and where it is, is a 'Community' Centre servicing the Kalamunda Shire/City community.