City of Wanneroo councillor to put forward motion to demolish Koondoola Community Centre


Koondoola Community Centre. Picture: Martin Kennealey d476123
City of Wanneroo councillor to put forward motion to demolish Koondoola Community Centre
Koondoola Community Centre. Picture: Martin Kennealey d476123

A MOTION to demolish two community buildings in Koondoola will be tabled at next week’s City of Wanneroo council meeting.

Councillor Domenic Zappa plans to present the motion on notice to demolish the Koondoola Community Kindergarten and Koondoola Community Hall at the November 14 meeting.

Cr Zappa’s motion said the kindergarten on Burbridge Avenue was developed in 1976 and the hall was built in 1981.

He said the newer Koondoola Community Centre started operating in 2016 and the “outdate, no longer fit for purpose” buildings were surplus to the City’s requirements.

“Whilst the buildings have been unoccupied, they remain a target for antisocial behaviour and vandalism, resulting in maintenance cost to the City,” he said.

“There is no requirement to keep the old Koondoola Community Hall and kindergarten buildings, which are both vacant and obsolete.”

Cr Zappa said it would cost about $100,000 to demolish the buildings, and notes provided by administration said works required to bring the buildings to a “fit for purpose” condition would cost about $325,000.

“These include the works to plumbing fittings, electrical infrastructure, repairs to ceiling and flooring, hardware replacement, repainting and the provision of compliant disabled access,” it said.

“The replacement of the entire roof to Koondoola hall was specifically identified as a high priority.”

Administration said maintenance costs to the unoccupied buildings totalled about $3000 a year and staff supported demolition over other options such as selling the site, leasing the buildings or doing nothing.

It said four community groups – the Vietnamese Community in Australia WA Chapter, Furaq Islamic Association of WA, Northern Suburbs Men’s Shed and The Hangout Outside of School Hours Care – had enquired about using the site in the past two years.

“The City is considering a number of options for the area and as a consequence, the Koondoola hall and kindergarten are not available for use, purchase or lease,” it said.

The City is currently seeking community feedback on the Koondoola neighbourhood activity centre, with public consultation to close on November 30.

Visit www.wanneroo.wa.gov.au to do the survey.

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