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City of Swan community development coordinator Daniel Hanley shakes hands with Swan Community Workshops president David Ashfold who stands with vice president Bob Wallis on a site in Middle Swan that has been ratified by the council to house a new facility.

Land selection welcomed

The creation of a community activity hub has taken another step towards being realised following a decision by the City of Swan council last week to approve a site  in Middle Swan for the Swan Community Workshops.

Residents will benefit from the decision to build the facility, next to the Midland Sports Complex, that will house a number of community groups.

On July 5, council voted to approve the construction of the Swan Community Workshops as a City of Swan project and allocate $40,000 to get the project started.

The facility on Lot 13420 Patterson Drive in Middle Swan will still need approval from the Western Australian Planning Commission to allow the workshops to be built on the site.

City Mayor Mick Wainwright said a zone change was the next step following the council decision and it would take a couple of years or more to get it up and running.

“Starting on the zone change is a good move forward, and I’m looking forward to when that’s opened.”

Swan Community Workshops president David Ashfold has welcomed the decision and the city’s support for a project that first began in 2010, when the Machinery Preservation Club identified the need for a permanent home.

“It then came to the city notice that there was a need for a community hub and it would be better to build one multipurpose unit that all clubs could use.

“We’ve now got to the stage, where the Swan Community Workshops is incorporated, and as an independent not-for-profit group, we are in charge of helping to get the premises built.”

Mr Ashfold said there would be seven clubs with permanent homes at the new site, including the Midland branch of the Country Women’s Association and the Machinery Preservation Club, and it would be available for other clubs on an ad-hoc basis.

“There will be storage facilities available and when this is built, all sorts of clubs will be able to use it,” he said.

“Originally the city worked with us side-by-side and they did not plan to get commercially involved in the project.

“But due to grants and things required it become a lot more feasible to have it as a City of Swan project, whereby the buildings are then owned on city land and they can continue no matter who is in charge.”

Mr Ashfold said the council’s recent decision was an important one.

“After many years a piece of has been identified, we know the future is permanent and that we can build on it.

“Hopefully in two or three years’ time we’ll all be there celebrating the opening of the place.”

About Rashelle Predovnik

Rashelle has been the senior journalist at Echo News since June 2011. She was a finalist in the WA Media Awards in 2015 and 2013. In 2014 Rashelle took out the whole print category in the Deborah Kirwan Media Awards for a series of stories she wrote that has positively influenced community attitudes towards seniors. In 2013, Rashelle was a finalist in the Consumer Protection Media Awards. Before joining Echo News, Rashelle worked at WA Business News, Media Monitors, she was a freelance journalist and taught journalism units at Murdoch University.

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