Centre set for facelift
BIG PLANS FOR THE HEART OF BELMONT
THE transformation of Belmont’s civic heart in Faulkner Park is a step closer, with one of the project’s cornerstone projects – a $28 million community centre – released for tender.
A new multi-purpose community centre is the one of the major undertakings outlined in the Faulkner Civic Precinct Master Plan, which was approved in December.
The new centre is proposed to include a library, senior citizen centre, museum, office spaces for not-for-profit organisations, a creche and cafe.
It will take the place of the Belmont Senior Citizens Centre at the Wright Street end of Faulkner Park.
Later, City of Belmont will implement other aspects of the master plan, including draining the lake at Faulkner Park to make way for an amphitheatre event space and war memorial.
In a bid to improve pedestrian movement through the area, Progress Way will be closed and the car park for the civic precinct will be moved behind the City of Belmont administration building.
Some residents have voiced their disappointment over losing the lake, but feedback on the master plan has been mostly positive so far.
The City will need to finish a hydrology, flora and fauna and parking study before other projects in the area proceed.
These will include creating more recreational space, developing a civic plaza and upgrading facilities such as the Belmont Oasis Leisure Centre, skate park and the library.
Mayor Phil Marks said the community centre tender was a landmark moment for Belmont.
“This first step towards delivering the community centre is an exciting one towards achieving the long-term vision of reinforcing the precinct as the centre of Belmont,” he said.
“The Faulkner Civic Master Plan aims to ensure the precinct will continue to meet the future needs and expectations of the community.”
Cr Marks said construction of the $28 million community centre would not affect rates and the City already had the capacity to pay for the project.
“The City has ensured it is in a position to fund this development without an increased burden on its ratepayers,” he said.
The City is also pursuing external funding through the National Stronger Regions Fund and Lotterywest.
Belmont Senior Citizens Centre secretary treasurer Mary Ridley and City of Belmont Mayor Phil Marks.
An artist’s impression of the community centre.