The majority of existing community groups and services in the town centre are currently operating in ageing and inefficient facilities which are not well suited to accommodate their current uses. Consolidating facilities and services will also improve efficiencies in energy use, facility maintenance and staff resourcing.
Investing in quality community infrastructure and place-making initiatives will help realise the community's vision for a revitalised Mundaring Town Centre and will better support community wellbeing, access to services and the growth of local business.
The MPCF and Cultural Precinct will become a key focal point for the local community, business and visitors alike.
Works undertaken to date
Shire of Mundaring has been planning for the co-location of replacement community facilities within the Mundaring Town Centre for several decades, including purchasing land to build new community facilities and establishing a reserves fund to help fund planning, design and construction.
More recently, strategic planning for the Mundaring Town Centre reinforced the need for significant Shire investment into the Mundaring Town Centre, in order to meet community's vision for a vibrant and desirable district centre, now and into the future.
Stage 1 Preliminary Planning
Stage 1 involved:
- consultation to understand the community's current and future needs;
- an analysis of community facility needs;
- analysing and planning for land requirements.
Stage 2 Planning and Design
Stage 2A has recently been completed. This phase of the project involved community and stakeholders working with the Shire's design team to develop Concept Sketch and Masterplan options for the Multi-Purpose Community Facility (MPCF) and Cultural Precinct. A strong collaborative approach for community engagement was undertaken to ensure the project meets the shared needs and aspirations of the community. Development and refinement of the options was informed by community surveys, stakeholder workshops, community design workshops and interrogation by a delibrative panel. The delibertaive panel was made up of community members tasked with representing the broad interests of the whole community.
- Council endorsed a conceptual Hub-Plus model for delivery of the proposed Multi-Purpose Community Facility. The Hub-Plus model proposes to co-locate the majority of community facilities and services, while retaining productive use (or re-purposing) of nearby facilities; and
- Council adopted a decision making framework (refer 'Gallery' on sidebar) for determining the uses and services to be accommodated in and delivered from the proposed Multi-Purpose Community Facility.
- Council endorsed a preferred concept design for delivering the proposed Multi-Purpose Community Facility (MPCF) and reimagined Cultural Precinct, including:
The general form, layout and siting of the prospode MPCF
The services to be accommodated with the MPCF
Upgrades to enhance the Cultural Precinct
Working with key stakeholders, the next steps include:
- Exploring potential commercial and government partnerships to help fund the project.
- Undertaking building design and operational modelling.
- Exploring what place-making improvements can and should occur now.
- Development of a detailed business case to undertake construction