New Ravenswood Community Centre to go ahead

Published on 04 July 2022

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People in Ravenswood will have a new community centre next year following approval by the Shire of Murray Council.

The endorsement follows months of planning and lobbying by the Shire to secure the funding needed, and of managing a climate of increasing cost-uncertainty.

The new centre, which will be on Jones Lane, will include a main function space of 100m2, a heat-and-serve kitchen, meeting room, storage spaces and amenities, an outdoor alfresco and an outdoor play area/ground.

Following Shire of Murray lobbying, The WA Labor Party committed funding of $750,000 towards the construction in the lead up to the 2021 State election. A further $150,000 has since been allocated in the Shire’s 2021-22 budget through both municipal funds and Alcoa Partnership funding.

Inflationary pressures and escalating building costs have required the Shire to move quickly and be nimble in its planning for the new centre, and consequently additional funding has been needed to complete the project. Robyn Clarke MLA, Member for Murray-Wellington successfully lobbied the State government to access State escalation funding of $566,498 which now confirms the project.

Shire President Cr David Bolt said the new centre will be a major resource for local people:

“The Ravenswood community has long been vocal in its desire to have a community hub, and I’m delighted the council has been able to help navigate some pretty complex funding challenges to deliver this project.

“The increasing cost of materials and labour has made getting the community centre plans to this point challenging and I am grateful to the community for their engagement, patience and support”.

“Ravenswood will now have a quality facility for future generations that will help support an active and healthy community”.

Robyn Clarke MLA added; “This week’s news about securing extra funding to cover the rising costs of building materials and to fit out the centre has not only made my month but it has been welcome news to the community and a reward for all of their hard work and efforts put in advocating for this project”.

Timberbuilt Australia has been chosen as the preferred tenderer for the design and construction of the Ravenswood Community Centre.