$9m for new com­plex

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

A MULTI-MILLION dol­lar fund­ing boost is on its way to the new Bel­mont Com­mu­nity Cen­tre and Li­brary.

Fed­eral Trea­surer Scott Mor­ri­son and Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Fiona Nash vis­ited Bel­mont last Thurs­day to an­nounce the $9.67 million in­vest­ment.

The com­plex will in­clude a new district li­brary, mu­seum, se­nior ci­ti­zens cen­tre, of­fices for not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions, a creche and a cafe.

Swan MHR Steve Irons said the not-for-profit of­fices would help or­gan­i­sa­tions de­liver much-needed ser­vices lo­cally.

“Of­fer­ing com­mu­nity ser­vice providers low rent ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions is an­other way we are as­sist­ing those in need,” he said.

“The main ben­e­fits are ex­pected to in­clude a re­duc­tion in the level of dis­ad­van­tage be­ing ex­pe­ri­enced by some lo­cal res­i­dents in the ar­eas of ed­u­ca­tion and un­em­ploy­ment.”

Mr Mor­ri­son said the not­for-profit of­fices were a par­tic­u­larly smart idea to as­sist lo­cals, along with the im­me­di­ate con­struc­tion jobs around the build­ing pro­ject.

“I re­ally like the idea of the hot­de­sk­ing for not-for profit or­gan­i­sa­tions, to pool that sort of re­source for or­gan­i­sa­tions like that and con­nect them to where peo­ple are,” he said.

“When you get peo­ple who are in­volved in com­mu­nity ser­vices to­gether, the more they bump in to each other and in­ter­act with each other... there’s a lot of syn­ergy in that.”

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