SHOW­TIME FOR CEN­TRE

The $9.1 mil­lion Pin­gelly Re­cre­ation Cen­tre was of­fi­cially un­veiled last Fri­day. It is the largest tim­ber build­ing built in WA since WWII.

Narrogin Observer - - Front Page - Michael Traill

Pin­gelly’s new $9.1 mil­lion re­cre­ation and cul­tural cen­tre had its soft open­ing last Fri­day, with Shire pres­i­dent Bill Mul­roney and Fed­eral rep­re­sen­ta­tive Rick Wil­son of­fi­cially un­veil­ing the fa­cil­ity.

Be­ing pri­mar­ily con­structed by tim­ber, the build­ing stands out on Som­er­set Street, giv­ing the cen­tre a unique modern ap­pear­ance.

It is the largest tim­ber build­ing to be con­structed in WA since World War II, when air­craft hang­ers were built in Merredin.

How­ever, that isn’t what makes the fa­cil­ity spe­cial, ac­cord­ing to Mr Mul­roney.

“It is a fan­tas­tic as­set (for Pin­gelly), for the sim­ple rea­son we in­tend to use this as a com­mu­nity hub,” he said.

“Seven sport­ing bod­ies will be us­ing it.

“Hope­fully it’ll at­tract out­side in­ter­est, as in cor­po­rate spon­sors and events.

“We wanted some­thing unique for this dis­trict.”

The cen­tre will host seven es­tab­lished clubs: the Brook­ton/ Pin­gelly Foot­ball Club, Pin­gelly-Noonebin Cricket Club, Pin­gelly Bowl­ing Club, Pin­gelly Bad­minton Club, Pin­gelly Ten­nis Club, Pin­gelly Pan­thers and Pin­gelly Ladies Net­ball Club.

It will also cater for bas­ket­ball with both indoor and out­door courts.

“(Pin­gelly) can ex­pect a lot of good things to come from here; we in­tend to hold a lot of live artist type of shows,” Mr Mul­roney said.

“(We’re) look­ing to en­tice car­a­van clubs and the likes.

“We’re not go­ing into com­pe­ti­tion with the cur­rent fa­cil­i­ties we’ve got down the main street in the ho­tels, we’re try­ing to com­ple­ment them.”

In ad­di­tion to the courts and fields on of­fer for sport­ing clubs, the cen­tre also con­tains a bar and sev­eral func­tion rooms.

“Two-thirds were funded by con­tri­bu­tions and grants, one-third was funded by the Shire,” Mr Mul­roney said.

Pic­tures: Michael Traill

Pic­ture: Rex Hal­let

Bill Mul­roney and Rick Wil­son of­fi­cially un­veil the new Pin­gelly Re­cre­ation and Cul­tural Cen­tre.

Out­side the bowl­ing club and func­tion area space.

The in­side mul­ti­pur­pose court.

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