Cul­ture, health plan for park

Noon­gar hub to house ser­vices

South Western Times - - News - Kate Field­ing

Jaycee Park is set to be de­vel­oped into a cul­tural health hub with South West Abo­rig­i­nal Med­i­cal Ser­vice re­veal­ing im­pres­sive plans for the site.

The pro­posal will see a two-storey build­ing with clin­i­cal and re­search fa­cil­i­ties, ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fices, re­tail space, com­mu­nity rooms and a bush tucker cafe at the Carey Park lo­ca­tion.

The plans also in­clude more than 4000sq m of re­vi­talised pub­lic recre­ational space, in­clud­ing a se­cure chil­dren’s play­ground, land­scaped gar­dens and new toi­let fa­cil­i­ties.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Les­ley Nel­son said the pur­pose-built health cam­pus would ac­com­mo­date the grow­ing com­mu­nity de­mand for SWAMS’ ser­vices.

“We are cur­rently util­is­ing a num­ber of ex­ter­nal con­sul­ta­tion rooms and fa­cil­i­ties across Bun­bury and the South West re­gion,” she said. “It has be­come clear to us that we have out­grown our cur­rent ser­vice model and no longer have the ca­pac­ity to meet the ex­pand­ing needs of the re­gion’s in­dige­nous com­mu­nity. For 20 years, our health ser­vice has lacked a per­ma­nent lo­ca­tion. It’s time we found a place to call home.”

SWAMS is work­ing to se­cure State and Fed­eral govern­ment fund­ing for the de­vel­op­ment.

Ms Nel­son said the fa­cil­ity would also be a boost for the un­der-utilised area.

“The SWAMS health hub is not only fit for pur­pose, it is also an op­por­tu­nity for the lo­ca­tion to be­come a vi­brant precinct in its own right — an all-en­com­pass­ing, multi-faceted de­vel­op­ment that brings tourism, cul­ture, recre­ation, eco­nomic ben­e­fit and re­search to Bun­bury,” she said.

“This will be a sig­nif­i­cant, in­no­va­tive and holis­tic com­mu­nity fa­cil­ity that will bring trans­for­ma­tional change to the health and well­be­ing of the Noon­gar peo­ple of Bun­bury and the South West re­gion.”

SWAMS has en­tered into a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing with the City of Bun­bury over the site.

The State Govern­ment is still to de­cide whether to vest the land over to SWAMS or con­vert it into free­hold.

Mayor Gary Bren­nan said the MOU was an im­por­tant step for­ward in the pro­posed de­vel­op­ment.

“I con­grat­u­late SWAMS for this ini­tia­tive, which will re­sult in fur­ther health ben­e­fits for our South West In­dige­nous com­mu­nity,” Mr Bren­nan said.

“Jaycee Park is cen­trally lo­cated close to pub­lic trans­port with re­ten­tion of pub­lic open space for com­mu­nity en­joy­ment a fea­ture of this pro­posal.”

It is hoped con­struc­tion will start in Oc­to­ber next year and take about 15 months.

SWAMS and City of Bun­bury will host a “meet and greet” for the pro­posal on Novem­ber 9 at Jaycee Park be­tween 4pm and 5.30pm.

A con­cept de­sign of the pur­pose-built health cam­pus pro­posed for Jaycee Park in For­rest Av­enue.

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