Kalamunda Community Learning Centre gets $1m redevelopment pledge from State Govt

Kalamunda Community Learning Centre gets $1m redevelopment pledge from State Govt

A RE-ELECTED State Government will invest $1 million in the redevelopment of the Kalamunda Community Learning Centre (KCLC).

Deputy Premier Liza Harvey said the funding would create a comprehensive community hub that would serve Hills residents for years to come.

Ms Harvey said the project would also extend the centre’s scope and bring together a diverse group of community organisations.

“A Liberal Government is committed to strengthening our communities and is proud to support an essential local facility,” Ms Harvey said.

“This redevelopment will take the centre to a new level, with extended learning amenities which will maximise the community benefits for people of all ages.”

The community learning centre is a not-for-profit, volunteer-run organisation that has more than 700 members and provides a wide range of educational courses and community activities.

Member for Kalamunda, John Day said the $1 million pledge matched a Federal commitment from 2016.

“This takes the total committed to the Kalamunda community hub to $2 million, providing a strong financial foundation for the total redevelopment project,” Mr Day said.

“After almost 40 years of operation, the community learning centre attracts participants from the Hills and beyond.

“The centre’s activities have grown so much it now has to hire space at a variety of locations.”

In June 2106, $1 million was promised by Hasluck MHR Ken Wyatt.

“Currently, KCLC have to hire space in a number of locations to conduct classes, which is costly,” Mr Wyatt said.

Shire of Kalamunda president Andrew Waddell said the Shire had been developing a design for the new facility before any funding had been committed.

The redevelopment plans have allowed an expansion in activities and the building design will incorporate at least five activity rooms, a main hall that can be divided in two, a craft room and a creche.

The new centre will offer a toy library, playgroup and child health clinic, with potential for a future business incubator and mountain bike centre.