A new $900,000 community centre in Craigie is one step closer to fruition, with the State Government announcing today that it would be built at the site of the former Craigie High School.
Premier Alan Carpenter said the proposed Craigie Community House would be developed on the vacant 10ha site on the corner of Camberwarra Drive and Arawa Place.
“This community centre will provide a range of important counselling, parenting and seniors’ programs for the more than 5,500 people who live in Craigie,” Mr Carpenter said.
“Now that an appropriate site has been chosen, the Government will endeavour to fast-track development of the centre.”
The Premier praised Child Protection and Communities Minister Sue Ellery and Joondalup MLA Tony O’Gorman for their work and commitment towards the project.
“The community centre will be a great asset for the area and a focal point for the community, bringing residents together through programs and activities available to everyone,” he said.
Child Protection and Communities Minister Sue Ellery said some of the services to be offered at Craigie Community House had been identified during consultation with local residents, and more discussions with the community were planned.
The services already identified included parent and family counselling programs, financial counseling, play groups for parents with young children and physical fitness activities for seniors.
“It is very important that we consult with the community every step of the way in the planning stage of this project,” Ms Ellery said.
“This will allow us to develop a community centre that will meet the needs of all residents.”
Joondalup MLA Tony O’Gorman said the community centre would be a welcomed addition to the northern suburb.
“The residents of Craigie are very community-focused and have wanted a central meeting place like this for some time,” Mr O’Gorman said.
“I am delighted that the centre is to be built at a convenient location, which will enable all residents to take advantage of the programs that will be on offer.”
Ms Ellery said the Department for Child Protection had worked closely with Landcorp and the Department for Education and Training to identify an appropriate site for the community centre.
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