Five years of planning ends with new facility

The new Baldivis library. Picture: David Baylis d422838
The new Baldivis library. Picture: David Baylis d422838

The centre, named to posthumously honour Freeman of the City of Rockingham Mary Davies who passed away earlier in the year, is a much needed piece in Baldivis’ infrastructure jigsaw, according to Mayor Barry Sammels.

Cr Sammels said the growth in the booming suburb had far exceeded what the City had anticipated.

‘The library and the community centre are very much needed,’ he said.

‘We do lease a house out there (on Huxtable Drive in Settlers Hill) that has been used by the community for a number of years, but that only really compensated the residents until such a time as we had the community centre built.’

Describing the project as a ‘great partnership’ between the City and the centre’s builders and backers, Mr Sammels said it was hopefully just the start of a number of infrastructure projects planned in Baldivis.

‘Baldivis is a young area with a lot of families, especially FIFO workers and navy personnel, and those families need services and support such as the library and community centre in their community,’ he said.

Some of the earliest programs set to be launched at the library include toddler time, rhyme time and storytime sessions.

Toddler time, for children aged 1-3 years, will be held on Mondays at 9.30am; rhyme time for babies and toddlers up to two years will be on Mondays at 10.30am; and story time for children 2-5 will be on Saturday mornings from 10am.

Click here to view all the pictures from Weekend Courier‘s extensive tour of the building.