Hub plan ad­vances

Pilbara News - - News - ■ Louise Alling­ham

The Wick­ham Com­mu­nity Hub is one step closer to con­struc­tion af­ter the City of Kar­ratha voted to move the de­signs on to the next stage.

The schematic de­sign has been com­pleted and been given the green light by coun­cil­lors.

A de­tailed de­sign will now be drawn up, which will al­low the plans to move into their fi­nal stages while dis­cus­sions with po­ten­tial fund­ing part­ners con­tinue.

Wick­ham Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion spokesman Liam Kelly said he hoped con­struc­tion would be­gin this year.

“We hope we should be able to ac­tu­ally start build­ing, go­ing for­ward, and start putting some­thing down on the ground,” he said.

“The ac­tual draw­ings, the plans and ev­ery­thing, have all been ap­proved by the Shire, so it’s just a case of now get­ting the rest of the funds to ac­tu­ally do it with.”

City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long said the ap­proved de­signs would meet the needs of present and fu­ture Wick­ham res­i­dents.

“Once com­pleted, this new Wick­ham Com­mu­nity Hub will pro­vide res­i­dents with a recre­ation space spe­cific to the needs of the lo­cal com­mu­nity and we are re­ally look­ing for­ward to bring­ing this to life,” he said.

The hub will fea­ture a new li­brary, youth space, early learn­ing cen­tre, wa­ter play area, skate space, land­scap­ing and a flex­i­ble mul­ti­pur­pose fa­cil­ity for com­mu­nity classes, events and groups.

Mr Kelly said the aim of the hub was to cen­tralise many of the com­mu­nity’s fa­cil­i­ties.

“(The Wick­ham Com­mu­nity hub will) mainly try to get ev­ery­thing grouped to­gether, so you haven’t got stuff spread from pil­lar to post — it’s just eas­ier to have ev­ery­thing all un­der the one an­nex.”

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