A multi-purpose community facility is a building or group of buildings specifically designed to accommodate a range of community uses and be a focus of activity
Programs and activities at community facilities vary according to the community they serve, but typically include indoor (and some outdoor) leisure, craft, health, cultural, community education and entertainment for people of all ages, backgrounds and interests.
A number of the existing community facilities in Mundaring are quite old and not well suited to meeting the needs of today and the future. In particular, the Albert Facey Memorial Library requires replacement in the near future. Multiple separate facilities may also be under-utilised and relatively expensive to maintain. A new multi-purpose facility will also help activate the town centre supporting the creation of a civic and cultural heart.
It is likely that the majority of users of existing community facilities will use the new facility, but it will also potentially attract new users.
The new facility will be built somewhere in the Mundaring town centre, but the actual location won’t be decided by Council until much later in the study process.
The cost to build is unknown until there is a better idea of what uses will be provided for, the style of building and the fit-out requirements. Funding of community facilities of this type is usually obtained from a range of sources including State and Federal government grants and local government funds.
It is Council’s desire to make user costs as affordable as possible, although some increases may be necessary in order to maintain high quality services and equipment.
The new facility will include a replacement for the existing Albert Facey Memorial Library. Consideration will be given to the old library building being re-purposed, sold or demolished.
The Shire has engaged a team of consultants Across Planning, Bodhi Alliance, Calibre Professional Services and Luke Willcock Property and Asset Management Consultant to undertake the study, working closely with Shire staff and reporting to Council.