Jazz finds new home

About 55 WA Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO) members aged 14-25 will use the space for rehearsals, workshops, master-classes and auditions.

General manager Fiona Symonds said WAYJO had operated from WA Academy of Performing Arts for 30 years and Scotch College for two, with the move to Maylands a �huge� step forward for the organisation.

�We greatly look forward to being a part of a thriving, energetic and growing community,� she said. �On a practical level, Maylands is much more convenient for our many members who live or study nearby.

�Having the office and the rehearsal space in the same place will be a great advantage, and having security of tenure is very important.

�Unfortunately, the building would need a substantial upgrade before we could hold public performances there, but our long-term goal is to find the funding to make that happen.�

Owned by the City of Bayswater, the former Maylands library site was leased to WAYJO for $6000 plus consumer price index annually over five years. Council also voted to consider the allocation of $156,000 to improve access to toilets for people with disabilities.

Ms Symonds said WAYJO members were looking forward to making a contribution to the local area.

�Obviously, there will be economic advantages to our members and their families being in Maylands on a regular basis,� she said.

�We look forward to working with community groups to make sure the hall is fully utilised, to co-operating with local businesses, performing at local events and sharing our love of music with people,� she added.