Mandurah’s new family and community centre opens

Mandurah’s new family and community centre opens

A REDEVELOPED family centre near the Mandurah Library was officially unveiled on Tuesday .

The $800,000 redevelopment of the centre, which was more than 30 years old, featured big airy rooms and a playground.

LotteryWest provided $250,000 and later came up with another $87,000, while the City of Mandurah contributed $400,000.

Mayor Rhys Williams said the centre would be a drawcard for families with facilities including an arts and crafts centre and public library nearby.

“We have held many recent conversations about what the community wants and it appears they mainly want is for the most vulnerable people to be supported and nobody left behind,’’ he said.

The City will be looking to fill one space and five offices in coming months.

Built in 1987, the centre has been home to a range of groups but has been empty for the past four years since long-term tenant, the Wanslea Family Centre, shifted to Anstruther Road.

Over the years, it has been used as a day care centre, a family centre with access to services mainly related to early years and exclusively leased to Wanslea between 2005 and 2015.

Although the building had been a valuable community access and meeting place, it had become run down and needed significant redevelopment work through high use and age.