Grant will help fund new family centre in Mandurah

City chief executive Mark Newman, People and Communities director Lesley Wilkinson, South West Regional MLC Nigel Hallett and Mayor Marina Vergone.
City chief executive Mark Newman, People and Communities director Lesley Wilkinson, South West Regional MLC Nigel Hallett and Mayor Marina Vergone.

THE old Mandurah Family and Community Centre on Pinjarra Road will be converted to a new family and community centre, thanks to a $337,000 LotteryWest grant.

South West MLC Nigel Hallett presented the cheque to the City of Mandurah last week.

The funding will go towards building renovations and an outdoor play area.

Mandurah Family and Community Centre is adjacent to Mandurah Library and has been vacant since September 2014 when long-term tenant Wanslea Family Centre shifted to new premises.

The centre was built in 1987 and has been used as a day- care centre, a family centre with access to services mainly related to early years, and for the past 10 years was exclusively leased by Wanslea.

Although the building has been a valuable community asset and meeting place, it has become run down and needs significant redevelopment work through high use and the age of the building.

Community consultation identified the needed for not-for-profit accommodation space and space for delivery of social and crisis accommodation services.

The nearby not-for-profit Lotteries House is fully tenanted and oversubscribed.

The new centre is expected to be completed in late 2016.