State Bud­get a boost for Ar­madale

What the mul­ti­mil­lion dol­lar Cham­pion Cen­tre up­grades will mean for lo­cal com­mu­nity groups in Seville Grove.

Comment News (Armadale) - - Front Page - Jes­sica War­riner

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.

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme­mu­ni­ d473049

Youth worker Tee­jay Wor­ri­gal, fam­ily sup­port worker Johnna Flavell and team leader Steve Dyson out­side the Cham­pion Cen­tre.

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