City of Kalamunda pushes Matthew Hughes to make good on $3 million election promise for new leanring centre

JORGENSEN Park Pavilion will undergo a $5.5 million redevelopment after the City of Kalamunda committed to a capital works project to build a new community centre, subject to securing funding from federal and state governments and Lotterywest.

Mayor Andrew Waddell said the development would be a new home for the Kalamunda Learning Centre.

“The Kalamunda Learning Centre, being the key occupants, are finding themselves squeezed out of the building, given their membership has swollen to over 700,” he said.

“After five years of feasibility studies and working closely with centre members, the City has now moved a step closer to the construction of a new multi-use building.

“Council has also endorsed the establishment of a community reference group to be formed to work closely with City staff in supporting the design and construction of the new facility.”

He said the City had requested the State Government allocate its $3 million funding pledge for the new centre, which was promised at the March State Election.

Mr Waddell said the City had been advised the new facility could be built over the existing footprint, as the community had advocated for.

Kalamunda MP Matthew Hughes said he was pleased that as a result of community concerns the City had reconsidered the location of the new facility.

“The location of the facility is for the council to determine in consultation with the community,” he said. “To that extent I’m happy.”

Mr Hughes said the State Government had indicated all election commitments would be honoured.

“The draw-down on the funds for the centre will be subject to the timeline developed by the City of Kalamunda in consultation with the State Government.”