Gym first to open in hub

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

The first ten­ants have moved into the Parabur­doo com­mu­nity hub this week, be­gin­ning a weeks-long tran­si­tion process be­fore the fa­cil­ity opens to the pub­lic early next year.

The $15.7 mil­lion com­mu­nity and sports cen­tre has al­most reached prac­ti­cal com­ple­tion and Parabur­doo Life­style Cen­tre, the op­er­a­tors of the new gym, were the first to move in on Mon­day.

Cen­tre gym co-or­di­na­tor Skye Bax­ter said the cen­trally lo­cated hub was a big im­prove­ment on the busi­ness’ for­mer premises.

“There’s heaps more space and it’s nice and clean and fresh,” she said.

“It’s a lot more mod­ern and it re­ally does look like a gym.”

Ms Bax­ter said mov­ing into the build­ing was an ex­cit­ing mo­ment for the cen­tre and wider Parabur­doo com­mu­nity.

“I know ev­ery­one’s re­ally been look­ing for­ward to this and we have been ham­mered with ques­tions (about the move) for months, so the fact the mo­ment is fi­nally here and the hub is all done is re­ally good,” she said.

Other ten­ants, in­clud­ing Karin­gal Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre, the Parabur­doo Toy Li­brary and Parabur­doo Squash and Rac­quet Club, will move in from the start of next year.

gym has al­ready opened for mem­bers to use, but the rest of the hub will only open to the pub­lic once all the ten­ants have moved in.

Con­struc­tion on the Parabur­doo com­mu­nity hub be­gan in Oc­to­ber 2017 and the com­pleted fa­cil­ity will also in­clude a mul­ti­pur­pose sports court, pool­side and oval ameni­ties and resur­faced net­ball courts.

The project was funded by the Shire of Ash­bur­ton, Rio Tinto and Roy­al­ties for Re­gions through the State Gov­ern­ment’s Pil­bara De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion.

Shire pres­i­dent Kerry White said that the ar­rival of the hub’s first ten­ants was a mile­stone for the town.

“The new hub will make a pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence to the com­mu­nity and pro­vides a greater range of fa­cil­i­ties for so­cial events and sports and re­cre­ation,” she said.

Rio Tinto Parabur­doo Op­er­a­tions gen­eral man­ager Kent Franey said the greater ameni­ties of­fered by the fa­cil­ity could drive long-term so­cial ben­e­fits in town.

“The de­vel­op­ment of the hub cre­ates the abil­ity to en­cour­age greater so­cial par­tic­i­pa­tion that fos­ters op­por­tu­nity and a more con­nected com­mu­nity,” he said.

“It will en­hance the live­abil­ity and vi­brancy of ParaburThe doo by sup­port­ing pro­grams and vi­tal ser­vices that gen­er­ate a sense of be­long­ing to the town.”

Pil­bara De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion chief ex­ec­u­tive Terry Hill said good-qual­ity in­fra­struc­ture was vi­tal to qual­ity of life in re­gional ar­eas.

“The Parabur­doo com­mu­nity hub is more than just a build­ing, it will be­come the heart of the town as a place peo­ple con­nect, learn and grow to­gether,” he said.

“It’s great to see the first stages of the new hub open­ing to the com­mu­nity.”

An of­fi­cial open­ing for the hub is ex­pected to be held next year.

Pic­ture: Shire of Ash­bur­ton

The Parabur­doo com­mu­nity hub.

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