The City of Armadale’s Champion Centre and Seville Grove Library are set to receive a major upgrade thanks to a $4 million funding boost from Lotterywest.
Premier Mark McGowan presented the Lotterywest grant to the City during a visit to the Champion Centre, on Friday August 18.
Armadale Mayor Henry Zelones OAM, JP said the Lotterywest contribution enables the redevelopment of two valued community facilities.
“The Champion Centre is a highly respected community hub for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, providing programs and services to support the needs of the local and broader community”.
Both facilities were the focus of a feasibility study, undertaken by the City as part of the master planning for the Bob Blackburn Reserve.
“We consulted with user groups, local residents, community and sector organisations, including local elders, regarding the current and future use of both facilities.
“Feedback from participants in the workshops, in particular the elders, was invaluable in helping demonstrate the support of the local indigenous community for the future use of these facilities.
“The redevelopment of the Champion Centre will include the provision of meeting spaces that are open to the whole community, providing a range of programs, services and facilities that will meet the diverse needs of the local community.
“The neighbouring Seville Grove Library will receive an upgrade to the community elements of the facility.
“This fantastic development sits right next to the City’s $26 million Aquatic Centre redevelopment providing a new hub to these established suburbs,” he said.
The presentation of the Lotterywest grant included an opportunity for the Premier to walk through the Champion Centre and speak with elders who participated in the community workshops.