ELLENBROOK will have a new community hub to call home under a City of Swan plan for one of Perth’s fastest growing communities, with the state government contributing $3.5 million.
A further $2m has been allocated by the federal government, with the City of Swan providing the land and project management.
The city proposes to build a facility adjacent to the Ellenbrook Bowls Club, near the Ellenbrook district open space, to accommodate various community groups that provide positive recreation and social opportunities, as well as help and support for residents in the area.
The site was previously earmarked for the Ellenbrook Leisure Centre, however that facility will now be built on land provided by the state government.
The organisations that will use the Ellenbrook Community Hub will soon be invited to have their say on the project, and a preliminary concept design has been prepared ahead of the consultation phase.
The city intends to have final designs completed in early 2024 so the project can be included in its 2024-25 budget.
City of Swan Mayor David Lucas said the city was determined to meet Ellenbrook’s needs and help the community flourish.
“The city recognises there is significant demand for meeting and activity space from a range of community groups in the Ellenbrook area,” Cr Lucas said.
“The consultation phase will help us design something that meets as many of these needs as possible.”
Swan Hills MLA Jessica Shaw said she was proud to have fought for the state government’s $3.5m commitment to the project.
“As our vibrant community grows, groups across Ellenbrook and Aveley consistently tell me that they need affordable access to a venue that can host events and also be a home base, with storage and meeting spaces,” she said.
“These groups are the heart and soul of our community.
“We need a place that can connect organisations and bring people together.’’
Local Government Minister David Michael said Ellenbrook was a fast-growing suburb and the $3.5m in funding was another example of the state government’s commitment to residents of the area, as construction continues on the Morley-Ellenbrook rail line.
Hasluck MHR Tania Lawrence said the federal government’s $2m contribution was an investment in groups that give back to their community.
“Grassroots community groups are the heart and soul of our suburbs and they deserve facilities like these. Ellenbrook keeps growing and it needs investment to support these grassroots organisations,” Ms Lawrence said.