New look for fam­ily fa­cil­ity

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News -

BRIDGETOWN Fam­ily and Com­mu­nity Cen­tre last week un­veiled ren­o­va­tions car­ried out cour­tesy of a $170,000 grant from Lot­tery­west.

Cen­tre co­or­di­na­tor Jo Moore said the ren­o­va­tions had been made through­out the year.

“We have worked through ev­ery room and patched up all the walls and skirt­ings,” she said.

“There’s still some floor­ing to be done.”

Lot­tery­west of­fi­cials, shire coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tives and War­ren Black­wood MLA Terry Red­man had a chance to in­spect the ren­o­va­tions dur­ing a morn­ing tea on Oc­to­ber 24.

In the play­group area, brick arches have been re­moved to open up the room which now has freshly plas­tered walls, a new kitchen and stor­age cup­boards.

Mrs Moore said the ren­o­va­tions would al­low the play­group area to be used by a wider range of com­mu­nity groups.

“Now it’s look­ing so much fresher, in the her­itage style, and we can open it up to other user groups,” she said,

“What we’ve done with this pro­ject is we’ve tried to stage it through the school hol­i­days so that there’s as lit­tle dis­rup­tion to ser­vices as pos­si­ble, which is why it’s taken all year.”

Mrs Moore said Lot­tery­west had given the cen­tre about $300,000 over the years to re­pair the his­toric build­ing, which dated from 1889, and was orig­i­nally a ho­tel known as the Ter­mi­nus.

“They’ve been very sup­port­ive of us, they’ve been awe­some,” she said. Pre­vi­ous fund­ing paid for a con­ser­va­tion plan, drainage works, re­tain­ing walls and re­pairs to ceil­ings and the foyer.

Pic­ture: Karen Hunt

Builder Perry Dick­in­son pre­pares to hang a new door to the cen­tre’s play­group area on Fri­day, over­seen by co­or­di­na­tor Jo Moore.

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