Funding sought for Perth artisan centre

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A FUNDING application aims to “get the ball rolling” on plans for a community artisan centre in Balcatta.

Stirling Councillor Keith Sargent made the comment at last week’s council meeting during debate over whether to seek $1.2 million from Lotterywest for the project.

The centre is proposed to be part of Stirling Community Men’s Shed and offer a larger range of artistic activities.

Cr David Lagan did not support the grant application because it would require a $800,000 contribution from the City, which he believed could be covered by the State and Federal governments.

Cr Sargent said he understood Cr Lagan’s concerns but the City could still seek government funding for its share.

“We can’t get started unless we do this, we need to ask Lotterywest first,” he said.

A report by the City said the artisan centre would offer activities including metal work, painting, sculpture, crafts, jewellery and furniture making.

It would also enable more members as the men’s shed had been operating at capacity since 2013 and has a 12 to 18 month wait time for new members.

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