Kalamunda Learning Centre plans for new building


David Storer at the Kalamunda Learning Centre.
Picture: David Baylis        d452017
David Storer at the Kalamunda Learning Centre. Picture: David Baylis        d452017

Kalamunda Shire chief executive Rhonda Hardy said the centre had been in discussions with the council since 2011 to get the project “shovel-ready”.

“We have significant history with the Kalamunda Learning Centre,” Ms Hardy said.

“We have put in a lot of ground work to get to the final designs and we need to list it in the budgetary funding so it can be considered in the works to be completed.”

A motion to list the item for costing for the future budget was unanimously supported by the council last month.

Shire President Andrew Waddell said he hoped the project would be funded with a combination of money from the ratepayers, as well as Royalties for Regions and the WA Lotteries Commission.

Cr Waddell said the project could be even bigger than originally sought because it might be a key community hub in the future.

“We are behind this project and we want to progress those conversations,” Cr Waddell said.

The learning centre, which is off Mundaring Weir Road, has offered generations of Kalamunda and districts residents the opportunity to explore their creativity and make friends in a natural environment. It also has a walking track and dog walking facility, barbecues and playground for children.

The chairman of the centre’s new building committee, David Storer, said the group was very pleased with the council’s support.

“We feel that we achieved the most we could have on the night,” he said.

“We want to now keep that momentum going and wait for the funding, as we can’t do any more now until the funding is realised.”

Mr Storer said the group had looked at a modular design, but would also consider other architectural input from the Shire for the building.

Estimates of the cost for the site and the new building are about $1 million.

Mr Storer said the committee had also saved $150,000 for the project, which would be allocated to carpets and curtains and other fitout requirements.

Shire planning officer Andrew Fowler-Tutt said the plans to size the building, the mechanical and surveying costs, along with the architect’s input and designs, were costed at about $150,000.