COMMUNITY groups in the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale will soon have a new $5 million multi-purpose facility.
Plans for the state-of-the-art Byford and Districts Country Club have moved forward after the Shire secured a $900,000 Lotterywest grant, bringing the total amount of funding available to $4.46 million.
Some $2.3 million came from the sale of the old Byford and Districts Country Club land, $200,000 from Home and Community Care, $280,000 from the Department of Sport and Recreation and $280,000 from the Shire. The Shire is confident it will attract the additional $500,000 it needs to reach the required amount of $5 million.
Construction will start in March next year and is expected to take 12 to 18 months.
The new 1.458.6sq m building will be located east of the South West Highway, close to the Thomas Road intersection in Byford, and the site will cover more than seven hectares.
It will include a sporting pitch, bowling greens, function rooms, meeting rooms, kitchen facilities, indoor and outdoor seating areas, a children’s playground, community garden and a large parking lot.
Major users of the club will include the Byford Bowling Club, Byford Car Club, Byford Pool Club, Returned and Services League, Anchor Home Help and Southern District Support Association.
Club president John Erren said the new club will deliver much-needed facilities for Serpentine Jarrahdale.
‘Many community organisations and agencies rely on the existing club for meeting space and other services,’ he said. ‘The new facility will deliver a larger and more modern space, located in the heart of Byford.
Anchor Home Help chief executive Cheryl Samborski said community services will be improved through links with other community organisations based at the club.
The Byford and Districts Country Club recently signed a 20-year lease with the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale and has the option to renew the lease for a further 20 years.