Resource centre on move

The old Community Resource Centre building to be demolished this year.
The old Community Resource Centre building to be demolished this year.

The building, at 5 Joaquina Street in York, was built in 1953 and is on 1138sqm.

Shire of York chief executive Ray Hooper said that over the past several years it had deteriorated to the point where was considered to be a maintenance liability and no longer suitable for use.

‘The cost of renovating the building would be too high,’ Mr Hooper said.

Building surveyors carried out structural assessments and recommended it be demolished and removed, with an estimated cost of $20,000.

The shire is considering a number of different options for the space after demolition, from a car park to the construction of a building for another purpose.

Mr Hooper said demolition would go ahead this financial year, but not until the Community Resource Centre had successfully relocated to its new location in town.

‘The shire contributed $350,000 to the purchase of the new building,’ he said.

‘Resource centres are vital in small communities like York and they have to be supported. They provide services that the community otherwise wouldn’t be able to access.’