Centre funding welcomed
THE Liberal Party has pledged $9.7 million towards the redevelopment of the Belmont Community Centre if it wins the July 2 election.
Swan MHR Steve Irons said the funding, from the Community Development Grants program, would ensure the centre continues to provide vital services into the future.
The centre redesign, which has been costed at $28 million, will house the City’s library, senior citizens centre and Belmont Museum.
“It will also include a creche, a cafe and office space for important not-for-profit organisations that provide services to local residents,” Mr Irons said.
“Labor has opposed this centre in writing to the City of Belmont, which is disappointing because these services are so important to the Belmont community and necessary if we are to see these services continue.”
Mr Irons, who visited the existing centre with Treasurer Scott Morrison last week, said a re-elected Liberal Government would deliver jobs, growth and stronger communities.
Belmont Mayor Phil Marks welcomed the funding commitment and said it would be used for construction and fit-out costs.
“This is another step towards delivering the centre and achieving the long-term vision of reinforcing the precinct as the centre of Belmont – a vibrant and active place that all members of the community can enjoy and participate in.”
The redevelopment of the centre is part of the city’s Faulkner Civic Precinct Master Plan.
The City appointed the Bollig Design Group on April 26 to carry out architectural design services for the centre.
Labor candidate for Swan Tammy Solonec was contacted for comment but a spokesperson said she was “flat-out on the campaign trail” and couldn’t respond.
Belmont MLA Glenys Godfrey, Swan MHR Steve Irons, Treasurer Scott Morrison, Belmont Senior Citizens Centre representative Heather Pratt and Belmont Mayor Phil Marks at the announcement of $9.7 million funding for the community centre redevelopment.