Money to plan multi-pur­pose cen­tre

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News - BY COLIN MACGILLIVR­AY

Hor­sham-based Wim­mera Abo­rig­i­nal co-op­er­a­tive Goolum Goolum has re­ceived $50,000 of state gov­ern­ment money to de­velop a busi­ness case for a new multi-pur­pose fa­cil­ity.

The money will be used to de­velop a plan for a build­ing that can house the co-op­er­a­tive’s grow­ing op­er­a­tions, with chief ex­ec­u­tive Tony Craig ad­mit­ting the or­gan­i­sa­tion had ‘pretty much out­grown’ its cur­rent fa­cil­i­ties at 43 Hamil­ton Street, Hor­sham.

He said a busi­ness case for a new build­ing would put the or­gan­i­sa­tion in good stead for the fu­ture.

“In­fra­struc­ture is a bit of an is­sue for Abo­rig­i­nal or­gan­i­sa­tions at the mo­ment, so when this fund­ing op­por­tu­nity came through we took it on board and put for­ward our case,” he said.

“It’s a good chance to have some­thing ready to go for fu­ture op­por­tu­ni­ties as far as in­fra­struc­ture fund­ing goes.

“You need to have some­thing that’s well de­vel­oped, costed, and of course, meets our com­mu­nity’s de­mands.”

Mr Craig said it was clear any new build­ing needed to be able to serve dif­fer­ent groups and pur­poses. He said there would be plenty of com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion dur­ing the de­vel­op­ment of the busi­ness case.

“It re­ally needs to be a multi-pur­pose fa­cil­ity,” he said.

“It needs to be cul­tur­ally ap­pro­pri­ate and invit­ing. We’re go­ing to have a se­ries of com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tions, but we need to also meet our pro­gram ser­vice de­liv­ery de­mands.

“That re­quires dif­fer­ent spa­ces and dif­fer­ent build­ings to what we’ve got. “We’ve pretty much out­grown them. “It’s about get­ting a pur­pose-built fa­cil­ity, where our com­mu­nity can meet and en­gage with each other, with their cul­ture and with the ser­vices we pro­vide.

“We don’t just want an­other build­ing for the sake of hav­ing a build­ing, we want to make it very wel­com­ing and invit­ing for our com­mu­nity mem­bers to en­gage with us and with each other.”

Mr Craig said the de­vel­op­ment of a busi­ness case was ex­pected to take 12 months.

“There’s a project plan where we have to meet cri­te­ria along the way and hit cer­tain goals in cer­tain time­frames,” he said.

“Within 12 months we hope to have a clear ar­chi­tec­tural plan and a rea­son­able cost­ing es­ti­mate of what this would cost us if we were to take it to the next step.”

Mem­ber for West­ern Vic­to­ria Jaala Pul­ford said the fund­ing of a busi­ness case was a step to­wards im­prov­ing the lives of Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple in the Wim­mera.

“Giv­ing Abo­rig­i­nal or­gan­i­sa­tions across West­ern Vic­to­ria the fund­ing to im­prove their fa­cil­i­ties so they can bet­ter plan their own fu­ture goes to the heart of self-de­ter­mi­na­tion and helps close the gap,” she said.

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