Jor­gensen Park site for Learn­ing Cen­tre

Kalamunda Reporter - - News - Sarah Brookes

JOR­GENSEN Park Pavil­ion will un­dergo a $5.5 mil­lion re­de­vel­op­ment af­ter the City of Kala­munda com­mit­ted to a cap­i­tal works project to build a new com­mu­nity cen­tre, sub­ject to se­cur­ing fund­ing from fed­eral and state govern­ments and Lot­tery­west.

Mayor An­drew Wad­dell said the devel­op­ment would be a new home for the Kala­munda Learn­ing Cen­tre.

“The Kala­munda Learn­ing Cen­tre, be­ing the key oc­cu­pants, are finding them­selves squeezed out of the build­ing, given their mem­ber­ship has swollen to over 700,” he said.

“Af­ter five years of fea­si­bil­ity stud­ies and work­ing closely with cen­tre mem­bers, the City has now moved a step closer to the con­struc­tion of a new multi-use build­ing.

“Coun­cil has also en­dorsed the es­tab­lish­ment of a com­mu­nity ref­er­ence group to be formed to work closely with City staff in sup­port­ing the de­sign and con­struc­tion of the new fa­cil­ity.”

He said the City had re­quested the State Govern­ment al­lo­cate its $3 mil­lion fund­ing pledge for the new cen­tre, which was promised at the March State Elec­tion.

Mr Wad­dell said the City had been ad­vised the new fa­cil­ity could be built over the ex­ist­ing foot­print, as the com­mu­nity had ad­vo­cated for.

Kala­munda MP Matthew Hughes said he was pleased that as a re­sult of com­mu­nity con­cerns the City had re­con­sid­ered the lo­ca­tion of the new fa­cil­ity.

“The lo­ca­tion of the fa­cil­ity is for the coun­cil to de­ter­mine in con­sul­ta­tion with the com­mu­nity,” he said. “To that ex­tent I’m happy.”

Mr Hughes said the State Govern­ment had in­di­cated all elec­tion com­mit­ments would be hon­oured.

“The draw-down on the funds for the cen­tre will be sub­ject to the time­line de­vel­oped by the City of Kala­munda in con­sul­ta­tion with the State Govern­ment.”

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