WA Labor has promised $5 million to build a new facility for the Brockman House community centre in Beechboro, if elected at the State Election.
Labor’s pledge included relocating the 31-year-old centre to another site adjacent to its current location at Altone Park Shopping Centre and initiating the City of Swan’s Altone Community Hub project.
The hub would also provide a new home for Bluesky Community Group and state government services such as child health nurses.
Bassendean MLA Dave Kelly said the pledge would be funded through the Department of Communities budget.
“Brockman House is very highly valued in the community but its current premises are well past their use by date,” he said.
“Just a few weeks back, I was presented with a petition of several hundred signatures calling for new facilities for Brockman House.”
Brockman House community and children’s services director Rosina Mastrolembo said the management board and the City had been working on the community hub project for more than a decade.
“We feel like the room is too small but we also feel like there are so many extra services that we love to be offering to the community and it would be great to have it all under one roof,” she said.
Swan Mayor Mick Wainwright said Council owned Brockman House’s current land and the land for the proposed relocation.
Cr Wainwright said if Labor was not elected, the City needed to continue lobbying for funding.
Greens candidate for Bassendean Sarah Quinton said she supported Labor’s pledge.
Liberal candidate for Bassendean Jim Seth was contacted for comment but did not respond before deadline.