Hayes hon­oured

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

THE work of long-time coun­cil­lor Keith Hayes has been recog­nised af­ter the Town of Vic­to­ria Park de­cided to name the Lath­lain Com­mu­nity Fa­cil­ity af­ter him.

At a meet­ing on Fe­bru­ary 14, the coun­cil de­cided the build­ing would be named the Keith Hayes Com­mu­nity Cen­tre af­ter lo­cal elec­tions in Oc­to­ber.

The coun­cil de­cided to de­lay the nam­ing of the build­ing, which is set to open in the next few months, as Cr Hayes was up for re­elec­tion this year.

The fa­cil­ity will house Lath­lain Play­group Inc, Carlisle Vic­to­ria Park Toy Li­brary and a child and ado­les­cent health clinic.

“I used to feel that when peo­ple were pre­sented with hon­ours like this and said they were hum­bled that it was trite, but I ac­tu­ally feel hum­bled,” Cr Hayes said.

“I feel like I have been ac­knowl­edged by my peers for the work that I have done around the area, which I have lived in for my whole life.”

Mayor Trevor Vaughan said he came up with the idea af­ter dis­cus­sions with the other coun­cil­lors. “He has put so much ef­fort into the com­mu­nity I thought it was a good idea,” he said.

“I’m com­fort­able that it wasn’t part of the strate­gic plan; it’s some­thing that was im­por­tant so I didn’t want to go through that process.

Mr Vaughan said it was fine for the build­ing to be named af­ter a cur­rent coun­cil­lor.

“There are other prece­dents like J.A. Lee Re­serve, where places were named af­ter cur­rent coun­cil­lors, so it’s not a worry for me,” he said.

Keith Hayes.

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