Alkimos Sprout Hub to stay until December before relocating

Hub host Hayley McCallum (Alkimos) and Charles. Photo: Martin Kennealey
Hub host Hayley McCallum (Alkimos) and Charles. Photo: Martin Kennealey

A COMMUNITY hub in Alkimos will extend its stay in the growing suburb until December before shifting east to a new estate.

The Sprout Hub will remain at Escarpment Park in Alkimos Beach estate until the end of the year, then shift to the sister estate, Alkimos Vista, where earthworks are currently underway.

The hub opened in June 2014 as a three-year pilot project to give the first residents a community space to meet in while infrastructure was developed in the estate by partners LandCorp and Lendlease.

The estate now has about 650 houses and 1500 residents, and Lendlease WA communities business general manager Anthony Rowbottam said the hub had increased social opportunities as well as supporting community groups and businesses.

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“In the first three years, $38,372 has been generated from the community and distributed to local groups, through the Seedling Fund,” he said.

Mr Rowbottam said the hub had hosted 214 events with 4534 participants and served 21,054 coffees.

“With Alkimos Beach now thriving, at the end of the year we will move Sprout across to Alkimos Vista,” he said.

“It will continue supporting Alkimos Beach locals and their future neighbours in Alkimos Vista.”

Sprout Ventures chief executive Bridie Ritchie said the project had done well with the support and engagement of the community.

“The Sprout Hub has been a great example of a creative, grassroots solution delivered through a partnership between our small start-up and Alkimos Beach project partners,” she said.

“Over the first three years of the project, we have seen excellent social outcomes for the community, and are happy to continue this work at the Sprout Hub’s original location until the end of 2018.”

Hub host Hayley McCallum said as a local resident, she had witnessed how the hub provided a casual place for people to come together, attend events and make friends.

“It has been a great thing to be a part of, and humbling to be a part of our locals’ days,” she said.

“The team and I are looking forward to the next nine months in Escarpment Park, then excited to continue our work across the road.

“We are very excited to continue serving the greater Alkimos community.”

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