Big things on the way for Boya

Shire of Mundaring president David Lavell said it was exciting to kick off the year with the launch of a large capital project.

“The $7.4 million Boya community hub will be built alongside Boya Oval and provide a brand new library and hall space for our community,” he said.

“This will replace tired halls in Greenmount and Boya, and see Katharine Susannah Prichard (Greenmount) Library on Scott Street shifted to the new facility once construction has finished.”

Cr Lavell said the new community facility would open early to mid-2017.

Boya Hall will remain for now but will be inaccessible as it is part of the worksite.

Many elderly residents who live near the Greenmount library, hall and park signed an 800-strong petition last year to save the community facilities.

Councillors unanimously approved a recommendation in July to rezone the Greenmount site from public to a high-density residential zone.

Shire chief executive Jonathan Throssell said Greenmount library would remain in use until the hub was completed.

He said demolition of the Greenmount building would be considered after the library services were moved.

Construction preparation for the Boya hub facilities has involved the loss of several trees.

Cr Lavell said the clearing work was necessary for site works.

“Many local residents and passers-by maybe have noticed the large crane and fencing on site and that several trees have been cleared,” he said.

“The clearing was necessary to allow site works to begin, so we can get this much-needed project under way.

“Once the building works are completed, replacement trees will be planted and landscape works undertaken.”

Badge Constructions secured the building tender in October and began work on January 11.

The Boya Oval refurbishment is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year.