Refurbishment move queried
CITY of Perth chief executive Martin Mileham has defended spending more than $870,000 on Council House refurbishments when challenged by Councillor Reece Harley.
Councillors this week voted on paying Metrowest Construction $874,364 to reconfigure the ground floor and customer service centre, but not before Cr Harley questioned the move.
“I am not comfortable supporting this item; I think we can make do with the furniture we have so I am not convinced this is a necessary expenditure,” he said.
Mr Mileham explained the works that would be done, adding the size of the concierge desk was “inadequate”.
He said the cost was “reasonable” compared to a former, costlier plan he scrapped.
“When I started there was a plan for a $1 million per floor refurbishment which would have equalled $10 million; $800,000 compared to a multi million dollar plan, which was halted by my administration, is reasonable. “I think we have been respectful of the ratepayers’ money.”
The expenditure was passed. AN oil paint portraiture business has been brought to life by a visionary 18-year-old with the help of an industry mentor and YMCA HQ’s Pitch Please! competition.
The Pitch Please! competition offered a $1000 business boost to a creative young person, as well as one year’s free use of the new business incubator and co-working space YCollaborate at the YMCA headquarters in Leederville.
Amberley Bradley said her winning project aimed to recognise unsung heroes in the community.
“The grant is so helpful because it’s going to allow me to buy the materials like paint, easels and canvases that I wouldn’t be able to afford usually, as well as the studio space YCollaborate to paint,” she said.
“This has given me the push I needed, but also the funding that I’d never have been able to get myself. I definitely couldn’t have done it without this competition.”
YMCA HQ manager Andrew Rigg said the YCollaborate coworking space provided a supportive, safe environment for young people wanting to develop projects or businesses.
“It also provides access to a range of support programs, including access to professional mentors, workshops and professional development opportunities,” he said.
Amberley’s business venture will start with 10 to 15 portraits which will be auctioned at an exhibition, with her subjects present.