Cen­tre fund­ing wel­comed

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

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.

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