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.