By Melissa Sheil
THE long running campaign for a refurbished Kalamunda Community Centre has come to a close, as the new multi-million dollar building opened its doors last week.
Construction was completed less than a year after the first official turning of the sod by Premier Mark McGowan, who returned to cut the ceremonial ribbon alongside Hasluck MP Ken Wyatt and mayor Margaret Thomas.
The City’s new flagship building has seven activity rooms, two halls, office space, a kitchen, outdoor play areas and a viewing deck overlooking the iconic Jorgensen Park and Kalamunda National Park.
The project was part of a key election promise made by the Labor party, who contributed $3 million of the total $6.6 million needed.
Other funding came through Lotterywest ($2.5 million), the Federal Government via Ken Wyatt ($1 million) and the Kalamunda Community Learning Centre ($150,000) who will run courses out of the centre.
“This was an important election commitment made at the last State election and I’ve worked hard with the community to ensure it’s delivered – when I make a commitment, I keep it,” said Kalamunda MP Matthew Hughes.
Mr Wyatt applauded the natural and indigenous designs of the building and acknowledged the dedicated community volunteers that brought the project to fruition.