Com­mu­nity hub adds vi­brancy

Great Southern Herald - - News - Shan­non Smith

The re­de­vel­oped Cran­brook Re­gional Com­mu­nity Hub was un­veiled on Fri­day, pro­vid­ing a range of es­sen­tial ser­vices to res­i­dents.

The build­ing, which was orig­i­nally an IGA store that shut in Au­gust 2012, will in­clude med­i­cal rooms, a home and com­mu­nity care fa­cil­ity, day care, a gym, a train­ing and art room and an ex­hi­bi­tion space.

Shire chief ex­ec­u­tive Peter Northover said 100 peo­ple at­tended the open­ing con­ducted by O’Con­nor MHR Rick Wil­son.

“The other good thing is that the hub will pro­vide a great cul­tural space for com­mu­nity events, such as pho­to­graphic ex­hi­bi­tions and art dis­plays,” he said.

Be­fore the re­de­vel­op­ment, doc­tors and other users of the build­ing had to op­er­ate out of old in­fra­struc­ture, and Mr Northover said the new fa­cil­i­ties would be much more ad­e­quate for the ser­vices.

“You can see that the hub will pro­vide a real sense of vi­brancy for the town once all the groups have been re­lo­cated, and co-lo­cated, in the next cou­ple of weeks,” he said.

“Since com­ple­tion, the Shire has al­ready been ap­proached by a cou­ple of ex­ter­nal providers keen on es­tab­lish­ing a base in Cran­brook.”

The hub in­cludes two of­fices for com­mer­cial re­quire­ments.

Pic­ture: WA Po­lice

The Tun­ney Road­house was de­stroyed by fire in May.

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