Government Enterprises Minister Ljiljanna Ravlich today presented a Lotterywest cheque for $450,000 to Coolgardie Shire Chief of Staff David Bergmeier towards the construction of the Kambalda Community and Recreation Facility.
Ms Ravlich said today’s funding announcement took the total Lotterywest contribution to the project to $700,000.
“There is no doubt that these types of facilities provide a focal point for the community to come together in a friendly and safe atmosphere,” she said.
“I am advised that the existing buildings have been here for more than 40 years and while they have served the community well, I am sure the new complex will be very welcome.”
The new facility will provide sporting facilities and a gymnasium as well as a stage, seminar rooms, a telecentre, full kitchen and bar and a creche and toy room, to cater for all groups within the community, from children to senior citizens.
The Minister said the provision of 50 licensed long day care places, a key outcome of the Lotterywest funding, will allow local people with parenting responsibilities to return to the workforce in order to meet the skills shortage in the region.
“The Lotterywest grant I am announcing today would not have been possible without people playing Lotto,” she said.
“Last year, Lotterywest gave back more than $75million in grants to communities throughout Western Australia and it is great to see Kambalda getting its share.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate the shire and the planning committee, who are keeping the Kambalda community strong through for their foresight and dedication.”
The total cost of the project is estimated at $13.5million. The shire has committed significant resources to this project and has also been very successful in obtaining other funds through the Commonwealth and State Governments, community donations and fundraising in the business community.
“This facility is an excellent example of co-operation between all levels of government, the business sector and the local community and support by Lotterywest further strengthens the work undertaken in securing the resources required,” Ms Ravlich said.
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