Hub boost for town

Pilbara News - - News - Peter Long Peter Long is the City of Kar­ratha mayor.

Would you be­lieve that the grand open­ing of the Dampier Com­mu­nity Hub was a year ago — on July 9?

So how has this first new fa­cil­ity in Dampier for nearly 40 years been? Ter­rific.

Pre­vi­ously, only 17 place­ments were avail­able lo­cally for the Early Learn­ing Cen­tre. Now, we have the Montes­sori ELC op­er­at­ing very suc­cess­fully with 67 long day-care place­ments, 22 out-of-school place­ments and a li­cence for 80 places.

It is highly re­garded and much sought af­ter.

The new li­brary has been a roar­ing suc­cess. Mem­ber­ship has in­creased by 23 per cent and pa­tron­age is up by 169 per cent — that’s more than 2.5 times. Is­sues have in­creased by 99 per cent, story-time at­ten­dance by 176 per cent and af­ter-school ac­tiv­i­ties have in­creased from five to 803 par­tic­i­pants.

Pre­vi­ously, there was no doc­tor in Dampier — we now have 360 Health, which is highly val­ued by the com­mu­nity and has seen 2275 pa­tients since open­ing.

The Hub has been great for com­mu­nity groups, too. More than 1000 hire hours of the com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties have been recorded, half of which are per­ma­nent and in­clude Dampier Fam­ily Play­group, Dampier Art Stu­dio, Draw and Learn, Tae Kwon Do and the IF Foun­da­tion.

The close prox­im­ity to the skate park and tod­dler play­ground has been a ben­e­fit and the at­trac­tive build­ing and im­proved gen­eral area aes­thet­ics mean it is now a venue for for­mal events, in­clud­ing a wed­ding last De­cem­ber.

The com­mu­nity hall now has qual­ity au­dio-vis­ual equip­ment, a large screen and new change rooms for stage events.

The City has op­er­ated the fa­cil­ity well be­low our bud­get and to top off a great year, the build­ing won an Ex­cel­lence Award at the Mas­ter Builders Awards.

So, the hub has been a great suc­cess and a huge boost for Dampier. Now for the Wick­ham ver­sion.

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