Auslam opens Beaufort Park Hall in Bedford for community use

Beaufort Park Hall in Bedford. Picture: Kristie Lim
Beaufort Park Hall in Bedford. Picture: Kristie Lim

THE Association of Sri Lankan Australian Muslims of WA (Auslam) has started leasing the Beaufort Park Hall in Bedford to other user groups, despite ‘for hire’ signage being removed.

The association has been based at the hall on a casual basis for the past two-and-a-half years.

Bayswater Council granted Auslam a permanent three-year lease, with rental fees of $11,000 per year in October 2018.

Auslam is required to lease the hall to other user groups and casual users outside its use hours, as part of the lease.

The lease officially started on February 1.

Signage around the building with contact details for people who wanted to hire the hall was taken down by the City earlier this year, which caused confusion among nearby residents.

City of Bayswater chief executive Andrew Brien confirmed the City had removed the outdated signage at Beaufort Park Hall and provided Auslam’s contact details to anyone interested in hiring the building.

Auslam secretary Imran Iqbal said the association was happy to lease the venue to other groups.

“The City’s recreation team have referred our details to groups that have inquired about booking the venue,” he said.

“We have been able to accommodate some casual bookings outside our usage hours and we are also currently accommodating two user groups with regular hire bookings.

“We have also requested the City to publish our contact details on their website for booking inquires, similar to other groups who have leased City’s properties such as the Scout Hall.

“We have been the primary users of the venue for the last two-and-a-half years and moving in permanently has provided our group more flexibility in terms of not requiring remove auxiliary resources we use such as mats, tables and white boards after every booking which we had to previously.”

For information, email contact@auslamwa.org.

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