THE City of Swan Council will vote tonight on whether to conduct a feasibility study of a new youth facility for Ellenbrook.
The proposed youth facility, which was a key election commitment by Labor MP Jessica Shaw, will replace the existing youth facility The Coolroom, which is located at Coolamon Oval.
The State Government has allocated $1.86 million towards the project, but the City has indicated it does not have the funds to construct the facility.
The feasibility study will determine the location, core components of the facility, operational funding models and the lifecycle cost.
The City has identified two potential locations for the new facility: at Charlie Gregorini Memorial Park or Woodlake Oval.
Ms Shaw said funding and a delivery timeframe for the project had not yet been announced, but it was her number one priority.
“It’s early days; I am working with the State Government and the various stakeholders, including the City of Swan on the timing and delivery of the project,” she said.
“Given that there’s not much for the kids to do out here, I want something in place as soon as possible and will make further announcements about timing as soon as I can.”
She said she was passionate about delivering this commitment.
“This youth centre will be a fantastic boost for young people in our area,” she said
“I committed to develop something in the heart of Ellenbrook – in the town centre – to provide a base for the delivery of a range of services and activities.
“I grew up in a pretty rough area and I don’t want to see social dysfunction emerge in an area I care about. Our local kids just haven’t had enough support and services.”