THE Federal Coalition will contribute $9.7 million towards Belmont Community Centre if its wins the July 2 election, Swan MP Steve Irons announced this week.
Mr Irons said the investment, from the Coalition’s Community Development Grants program, would ensure the centre continues to provide vital services into the future.
The centre, which has been estimated to cost $28 million, will comprise the city’s library, senior citizens centre and Belmont Museum.
“It will also include a creche, a cafe and office space for important not-for-profit organisations that provide services to local residents,” Mr Irons said.
“Labor has opposed this centre in writing to the City of Belmont, which is disappointing because these services are so important to the Belmont community and necessary if we are to see these services continue.
“The community centre will provide an important boost for the region, delivering the City of Belmont’s vision for the precinct as the centre of Belmont and as a place for community members to enjoy.”
Mr Irons, who visited the existing centre with Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison last week, said a re-elected Turnbull Government would deliver jobs, growth and stronger communities.
Belmont Mayor Phil Marks welcomed the Coalition’s commitment and said the funding would go towards construction and fit-out costs.
“The City of Belmont is grateful for funding support from the Federal Government that will assist in the construction of a community centre for the entire Belmont community to enjoy,” Cr Marks said.
“This is another step towards delivering the centre and achieving the long term vision of reinforcing the precinct as the centre of Belmont; a vibrant and active place that all members of the community can enjoy and participate in.”
He said it would be a multi-purpose cross-generational community hub that would benefit all Belmont residents.
It would provide office space for a range of local community service providers to operate from.
The redevelopment of the centre is part of the city’s Faulkner Civic Precinct Master Plan.
The City appointed the Bollig Design Group to carry out architectural design services for the centre on April 26.
Labor candidate for Swan Tammy Solonec was contacted for comment.