THE Girrawheen Hub, offering community members employment skills and a place for social events, officially opened on the weekend.
The City of Wanneroo invited community groups to the official launch at the hub on Patrick Court on Saturday, with special guests including Girrawheen MLA Margaret Quirk and Mirrabooka MLA Janine Freeman.
Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said the hub was established to support the local community in areas of employment readiness skills, life-long learning, micro-economic development and networking, as well as social and cultural events.
“Girrawheen is an area rich in cultural diversity, community connection and vibrancy,” she said.
“However, Council recognises that many Girrawheen residents face challenges including high levels of unemployment, language barriers and, in some cases, the process of resettlement into Australia.
“Almost 50 per cent of Girrawheen residents were born overseas, with the most common countries of birth being Vietnam, Myanmar, England, Philippines and New Zealand, while Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 3.5 per cent of the population.”
Since the hub opened in August 2017, more than 65 multicultural groups have been in contact with the City to find out about the space and programs offered.
The Office of Multicultural Interests granted $100,000 towards the hub under its Local Projects, Local Jobs program to set up a multicultural office and install free public use of IT and WiFi services, including a large screen Skype facility.