From little things, big things grow

Adrian Pree, Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts and Sprout director Lachy Ritchie.
Adrian Pree, Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts and Sprout director Lachy Ritchie.

The repurposed sea container is designed to be a community space with meeting rooms, exhibition space and a coffee kiosk.

Anthony Rowbottam, from Alkimos Beach estate developer Lend Lease, said it was an innovative way to provide community resources before permanent infrastructure was built.

‘Generally in a new community, community infrastructure isn’t built until there’s a strong residential community to support it,’ he said. ‘However Sprout gives us the opportunity to offer something now to the early residents, to workers building Alkimos Beach and broader community that use the park.’

LandCorp chief executive Frank Marra said the hub’s primary purpose was to make it easier for people to form a strong social connection in their own communities.

From the opening on September 3, the project also started offering a pool of money to community-led initiatives.

‘As part of our commitment to the community, not-for-profit groups will have free access to hot desks by booking online,’ Mr Rowbottam said.

Alkimos Beach is subsidising SPROUT Ventures to provide the hub, which is also supported by the City of Wanneroo.

Mayor Tracey Roberts said the City would hold events at the hub, and encouraged residents to pitch ideas for the fund via www.alkimosbeach.sprouthub.com.au.

There will be free spring planting session at the Sprout on September 20.