Opinion: Filled with dread over Arts Centre

Huge debt to build the Joondalup Arts centre.
Huge debt to build the Joondalup Arts centre.

AS we draw ever closer to the date the City of Joondalup will decide on whether or not to proceed with its grandiose plan to spend $105 million building a facility that perhaps only 16 per cent of the population will use, I am filled with dread.

I, like many of the 169 strata owners living in our village, am either on a fixed income from my superannuation or receive a pension. We are not destitute but the prospect of rate rises year on year of up to 7 per cent is not an appealing prospect.

I am not against building a performing arts and cultural centre within the City of Joondalup but I am concerned with the scale of this proposal – $105 million to build, and an expected $1.4 million a year in ongoing operational losses.

I note also that in the Opinion section of the Weekender on June 15 that State MP Emily Hamilton confirmed that the State Government was committed to providing a “state-of-the-art“ performing arts centre at Ocean Reef Senior High School and Belridge Secondary College.

These would be in addition to superb facilities currently available at Sacred Heart in Sorrento, St Marks in Hillarys, and Lake Joondalup Baptist College.

It would seem that the residents of the City of Joondalup are spoiled for choice. The millions could be put to better use.

To someone on a fixed income, dramatic increases in rates to cover losses on a facility that will be used by only a small percentage doesn’t make sense.