Se­niors cen­tre shifted

Melville Times - - Front Page -

THE City of Melville has vowed to find a new home for the long-run­ning Stock Road Se­nior Cit­i­zens Club (SRRCC) but con­cedes it will be moved from its cur­rent lo­ca­tion, at least tem­po­rar­ily.

The SRRCC has oc­cu­pied its cur­rent premises near the cor­ner of Can­ning High­way and Stock Road for close to 40 years and caters to nearly 150 mem­bers.

The Melville District Cen­tre Ac­tiv­ity Struc­ture Plan was ap­proved by the WA Plan­ning Com­mis­sion last month and the City of Melville is now advertising for pro­pos­als for a nearly 7500sq m pocket of land that in­cludes the SRRCC site.

Melville chief ex­ec­u­tive Shayne Sil­cox said the SRRCC might be able to re­turn to the site when the re­de­vel­op­ment was com­plete.

“A sec­tion of the re­quest for pro­posal re­quires the suc­cess­ful pro­po­nent to pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity for a gath­er­ing and ac­tiv­ity space, in­clud­ing the op­tion for din­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, which would pro­vide an ap­pro­pri­ate space for the cur­rent SRRCC to meet,” Dr Sil­cox said.

“While a tem­po­rary lo­ca­tion may be needed be­fore fi­nal re­lo­ca­tion to a long term home, the SRRCC will not be left with­out a home/club space and will con­tinue to op­er­ate.

“A ded­i­cated City of­fi­cer is al­ready work­ing along­side the club’s com­mit­tee and will do so over the next 18 months to un­der­stand the club’s needs and re­lo­ca­tion re­quire­ments, to find a suit­able al­ter­na­tive lo­ca­tion and to en­sure the smoothest pos­si­ble tran­si­tion to an al­ter­na­tive venue.”

SRRCC trea­surer and sec­re­tary Judy Harper said the club’s man­age­ment lease ran un­til June next year and Melville LeisureFit across the road had been floated as a po­ten­tial new lo­ca­tion.

“A lot more dis­cus­sion is needed yet – we take up quite a lot of space and be­cause we have some kind of ac­tiv­ity here ev­ery day of the week it could be dif­fi­cult to share a space,” Mrs Harper said.

“Some of the mem­bers are also up­set about the thought of re­lo­ca­tion, es­pe­cially if it ends up be­ing far away. The ma­jor­ity are wid­ows or wid­ow­ers who come on their own look­ing for com­pany.

“We’re in a good po­si­tion here and many walk or catch the bus on Can­ning High­way.”

The site is zoned Cen­tre C2, which al­lows a max­i­mum build­ing height of six-storeys and en­vis­ages re­tail and com­mer­cial uses on the ground floor, with res­i­den­tial and of­fice space on the up­per floors.

Pres­i­dent Pa­tri­cia Macey with some of the club’s mem­bers.

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