Wanneroo Council endorses staged upgrades to Gumblossom Community Centre in Quinns Rocks

Gumblossom Community Centre. d487843
Gumblossom Community Centre. d487843

WANNEROO Council has endorsed a master plan to upgrade facilities at Gumblossom Community Centre in Quinns Rocks over several years.

The council endorsed a four-stage plan for the Tapping Way centre at its October meeting, noting individual projects would be considered within the City’s long term financial plan.

The total cost of the upgrades is expected to exceed $1.09 million, with the City proposing to seek grants to cover a third of that.

According to the council report, the first building – currently the playgroup – was constructed in 1979, the sports hall was built in 1990 and the community centre in 1994.

“There are parts of the Gumblossom Community Centre that were built almost 40 years ago,” Mayor Tracey Roberts said.

“The master planning process helps us to ensure these areas remain functional and fit-for-purpose.

“Consequently, the $1.1million program of work outlined in the master plan will primarily focus on the upgrade of ageing amenities.

“As part of the process, the City engaged with community groups who regularly use Gumblossom Community Centre to identify improvement opportunities and future needs for the facility.”

The centre was designed to service about 7500 people living in Quinns Rocks, Clarkson, Merriwa, Mindarie and Ridgewood.

It hosts about 14 regular user groups, including badminton, taekwondo, playgroups and senior citizen clubs, which collectively spend an average of 250 hours each week at the facility.

The first stage will include detailed design, followed by works on the playgroup building in stage two, upgrades to the sports hall in stage three and works in the community centre in the final stage.

The stage approach was proposed to minimise disruption to user groups, and the City will consider listing the first, $109,300 stage in its 2019-20 Budget.

The Gumblossom sports hall was built in 1990.