Rob Johnson

Rob Johnson


    Goldfields landmark saved by Centenary of Federation funding

    4/06/2000 6:15 AM

    The Little Sisters of the Poor home in Kalgoorlie has secured funding of $10,000 to repair and renovate the badly deteriorated Victoria Park Rotunda.

    The Rotunda – believed to have been built by Afghan camel drivers - is one of the largest of its type in the State and is enhanced by a unique dome and spire. Its restoration will see the rotunda again used for musical performances and family picnics.

    Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Rob Johnson said the project was one of 84 that had received funding from the State Government’s 2001 Community Centenary Project.

    They bring to 179 the number of Western Australian communities thus far who have been successfully funded to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Federation in 2001.

    The round 4 grants, worth $1.2 million, form part of the $3.5 million committed by the State Government for community-based projects.

    “All of these projects are community initiatives which strive to improve community life and form enduring reminders of the Centenary of Federation, and as such are fully deserving of our support,” Mr Johnson said.

    Both regional and metropolitan communities were well represented in the fourth funding round, covering the State from Derby in the north, Walpole in the south and Kalgoorlie/Boulder in the east.

    Of the 84 successful projects, 56 will benefit communities in regional Western Australia while the remaining 28 projects will enhance the lives of communities in the greater metropolitan area.

    A fifth and final round of grants totalling $1 million has opened and applications will be received until June 16.

    For more information about the WA 2001: Community Centenary Project, write to the Centenary of Federation State Committee at the Constitutional Centre of WA, Havelock St, West Perth, 6872, or phone 1800 653 357.

    Media contact: Fran Hodge (08) 9481 3244