Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - FRONT PAGE -

YARLOOP is one step closer to re­build­ing one of its land­marks now the Har­vey Shire Coun­cil has put the con­cept draft for the Yarloop Com­mu­nity Cen­tre out for pub­lic com­ment.

Con­struc­tion is tipped to start later this year.

The coun­cil is invit­ing the Yarloop com­mu­nity to com­ment on the draft con­cept plans, now avail­able at the Yarloop Com­mu­nity Re­source Cen­tre, the Har­vey Shire Of­fice and on the shire web­site.

The plans in­clude the Town Hall’s his­toric façade, which was given the all-clear by a struc­tural en­gi­neer.

The ar­chi­tect, Franco Car­rozzi, was given the brief to in­cor­po­rate kitchen and func­tion room fa­cil­i­ties while al­low­ing smaller group ac­tiv­ity ar­eas, all the while in­te­grat­ing the town hall façade into a modern fa­cil­ity to be built at the cor­ner of Sta­tion and Kendall streets.

“It ticks all those boxes, by in­clud­ing the old with the new, and pro­vid­ing a func­tional cen­tre,” shire man­ager of com­mu­nity and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, Peter Quin­liven said.

“We think we’ve got it pretty close, but we’re keen to hear what peo­ple think.

Pub­lic com­ments will need to be re­ceived by 4pm on April 18 and any ad­just­ments will be made at the coun­cil meet­ing on April 24.

Mr Quin­liven hopes the plans will get signed off at this coun­cil meet­ing, so fund­ing could be se­cured and con­struc­tion start as early as Septem­ber or Oc­to­ber.

“It’s im­por­tant to get the de­sign right so we can have a build­ing we can be proud of,” Mr Quin­liven said.

“Its ex­cit­ing for the lo­cal com­mu­nity that this build­ing will get started later this year,” he said.

The ar­chi­tect's con­cept of the new Yarloop Com­mu­nity Cen­tre in­cor­po­rates a modern-look build­ing with the his­toric town-hall fa­cade.

The re­mains of the Town Hall fa­cade af­ter the 2016 bush­fires are stru­cu­tally sound and can be in­cluded in the new com­mu­nity build­ing.

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