Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Minister for Police; Road Safety; Defence Industry; Veterans Issues

    New project provides space for creativity and collaboration

    17/03/2018 8:35 AM
    • Girrawheen Hub to provide dedicated office space for multicultural groups
    • $100,000 Local Projects, Local Jobs funding meets an election commitment 

    The City of Wanneroo's new Girrawheen Hub will give community associations and members of local culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) communities, a dedicated space to operate and collaborate with other groups.


    There are a number of CaLD community associations that operate in the Girrawheen, Marangaroo, Alexander Heights and Koondoola areas. These associations have limited access to office space to serve the needs of their communities, with many working from home offices.


    The Girrawheen Hub, which received funding of $100,000 through the McGowan Government's Local Projects, Local Jobs initiative, will give these community associations a consistent, reliable and functional space, enabling them to grow and prosper.


    In addition to offering office space and facilities, the Girrawheen Hub will provide community members with space to develop their own projects and initiatives, undertake capacity building programs and develop new networks.


    The hub, located at the site of the former Girrawheen Scout Hall, will also provide a focus point for organisations to seek partnerships and opportunities to engage with culturally diverse communities in Perth's northern corridor.


    The Girrawheen Hub is being launched as a part of Harmony Week, a State Government initiative, which is a time for Western Australians to explore and celebrate this State's wealth of cultural, faith, linguistic and ethnic diversity.


    Harmony Week runs from March 15 to 21 every year.


    Comments attributed to Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Paul Papalia:


    "Western Australia's cultural diversity is one of our greatest strengths - it generates creativity, energy and jobs. Previous waves of migrants have helped make WA what it is today, and it's important that we provide an opportunity, through initiatives like the Girrawheen Hub, for newer arrivals to also contribute.


    "It's fitting that the Girrawheen Hub is being launched during Harmony Week, which is a time when we reflect on the many advantages multiculturalism brings to WA - including increasing our global competitiveness through entrepreneurship, new ideas and innovation."


    Comments attributed to Girrawheen MLA Margaret Quirk:


    "The areas around Girrawheen are home to a significant number of culturally diverse community associations and groups who work tirelessly on behalf of their communities to build capacity.


    "It is imperative that these groups are supported with initiatives like the Girrawheen Hub, to provide the best opportunities and outcomes for the communities they represent.


    "This facility will not only benefit those groups, it will strengthen the broader community by providing an opportunity for many local groups and emerging businesses to network and grow."


    Minister's office - 6552 5600