State Budget a boost for Armadale
What the multimillion dollar Champion Centre upgrades will mean for local community groups in Seville Grove.
THE State Budget was handed down last week, with the Armadale area set to receive more than $140 million for Denny Avenue and the Armadale Courthouse and Police complex.
The Metronet level crossing removal program will see $70 million spent to 2019-20 to remove the rail level crossing at Denny Avenue in Kelmscott and to plan for the future removal of level crossings elsewhere across Perth.
The land for the Armadale Courthouse and Police Complex has been secured, with more than $73 million set aside for the new facilities.
Some $6.5 million has also been allocated to deliver the new 24-7 operating hours at Armadale, Cockburn and Ellenbrook police stations.
The first stage of the Methamphetamine Action Plan is also set to be implemented to address WA's meth crisis.
“The Meth Border Force will be a specialist team led by 100 sworn police officers plus additional support staff, put together to intercept the movement of meth in and around the state,” Police Minister Michelle Roberts said.
“The team will also crack down on meth houses in the suburbs and across regional WA.”
THE multimillion dollar Champion Centre and Seville Grove Library upgrade is set to begin in February next year.
Premier Mark McGowan visited the Bob Blackburn community hub recently to present a Lotterywest grant of $4 million to the City of Armadale to help with improvements.
The Champion Centre will be closed during the redevelopment and the City is working on a plan for staff and services to be relocated during the works, which are expected to be completed in December 2018.
Save the Children is one of the groups based at the Champion Centre. Regional coordinator Heidi Holmen said from the organisation’s point of view, upgrading the centre was going to be beneficial for the whole community.
“There’s going to be more access to room space, which will mean we can provide more activities and services for the community, which is really exciting,” she said.
“Space is a premium. Because this building is so utilised it’s hard to find space to have one-on-ones, because it’s so popular.”
Armadale Mayor Henry Zelones said the concept plans for the Champion Centre redevelopment included expanded activity spaces, counselling rooms, a new commercial kitchen, additional office space, a modernised main hall and landscaped outdoor spaces.
“Community feedback for the Champion Centre centred around three key themes,” Mr Zelones said.
These were improving the internal design for better community access and experience, designing internal spaces for organisations to provide support programs in partnership with others, and having a focus on outdoor spaces.
“The community wanted functional and beautiful outdoor spaces, including a yarning circle and early childhood playground,” he said.
Ms Holmen said the focus on internal spaces for organisations to provide programs in partnership with others would be particularly positive.
“The more services here, the more engagement is going to happen. It’s a really positive thing,” she said.
Youth worker Teejay Worrigal, family support worker Johnna Flavell and team leader Steve Dyson outside the Champion Centre.