Building better future

An artist’s impression of Wangaree Community Centre.
An artist’s impression of Wangaree Community Centre.

Made up of Shire of Gingin staff, councillors and Disability in the Arts and Disadvantage in the Arts representatives, the Wangaree Community Centre Working Group aims to monitor construction of the project to ensure it remains on budget and on time.

Located at the corner of Gingin Road and Walker Avenue, Wangaree Community Centre will be home to not-for-profit group Disability in the Arts and Disadvantage in the Arts Australia (DADAA).

The working group is using the services of the WA Local Government Association to apply a tender process for a preferred builder.

Shire staff note commissioning WALGA to undertake the tender process provided quality control and transparency. The State Government will contribute $502,000 from its Royalties for Regions fund toward the new $1.1 million community centre.

DADAA will provide a wide range of services to people with disabilities, ageing members of the community, people experiencing mental illness and other members of the community who require access to respite and community care. The Shire of Gingin approved plans for the centre last year and will contribute $100,000 towards the project.

A donation of $120,000 from Bendigo Bank and $400,000 from Home and Community Care will enable the centre to be completed.

The new building, which is three times larger than the existing centre, will include a reception, waiting area, two activity rooms, commercial kitchen, two consulting rooms, a meeting room and outside activity area.

More than 50 people with disabilities who use the current centre each day will be able to participate in artistic activities for therapy and wellbeing.

Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said there were many people in the region who were ageing, experiencing dementia, disability or mental illness and were cared for by their families or helpers. ‘The Wangaree Community Centre will help to alleviate this burden by providing quality health care locally,’ Mr Grylls said.

The centre would also assist in the retention and attraction of new health care professionals to the region to provide a base for existing community services such as Meals on Wheels and Home and Community Care (HACC).

Shire of Gingin chief executive Jeremy Edwards told the Advocate the new building was the next step in providing better service for disabled and disadvantaged people.

The Shire is likely to seek tenders for the building process in late May to early June.