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Willagee Community Facilities Upgrade

Willagee Library and Willagee Community Centre are planning a new look with an external upgrade planned for the Library and an internal refurbishment for the Community Centre. The facilities will be upgraded to provide more modern facilities, increased space for important community services and allow opportunities for different activities and events.

Willagee Upgrade Project Vision

The City has worked with Roxby Architects to create a new façade for the Willagee Library that will take place over the next two months. This project is an outcome of the City’s Cultural Plan – Creative Melville 2018-2022. The vision is to create a more welcoming exterior that opens up to the adjacent George Humes Park. With a busy internal space the library will now be opening out onto the veranda and park area inviting the community to use the space in different ways. These upgrades will create an attractive space for customers to read, study, connect with others and use the WIFI. The space will also be activated through community programs and events. The anticipated time of completion is mid to late July.

Project Scope and Willagee Library Temporary Closure

The scope of this project includes new front windows, some new external lighting, new furniture, external power points and resurfacing of the pavement area at the front of the library building, requiring a temporary closure period from Wednesday 10 June, reopening Monday 29 June.  The building work also includes external painting and a new artwork is planned for the eastern facing wall. 

Image: Library Concept by Roxby Architects

Upgrades for Willagee Community Centre

Detailed designs have been developed with Hodge Collard Preston Architects for the upgrade of the internal spaces of the Willagee Community Centre. The internal upgrade is proposed to include renewed community spaces with an urban theme for the diverse community groups and organisations that utilise the centre. A fresh exterior paint, and new public artwork bringing even more vibrancy to the precinct and is part of the budget requests for 20/21.

Willagee Community Artwork

A vibrant, contemporary mural artwork will be developed for the east and west facing library walls and the new canopy, by artists Kambarni and Matthew McVeigh, working in conjunction with the community through workshops in July and August. The artwork will respond to the site of the Willagee Library and George Humes Park as a significant Aboriginal site and the themes of strength, reconciliation and family.

Community canvas workshop

  • When: Saturday 20 June from 10:30 to 12:30
  • Where: Willagee Community Centre, corner Archibald and Winnacot Street, Willagee

Join artists Kambarni and Matthew McVeigh for a community canvas workshop at Willagee Community Centre. Participants will take part in creating two community canvases, and experience how the mural artwork design for the library has been developed, through iconic imagery and lines, and themes responding  to site of the artwork.

The site of the Library is George Humes Park, a significant Aboriginal site and the namesake of well respected Noongar boxer and Willagee resident George Humes.  Some of the themes within the artwork include strength, reconciliation and family for which Humes is well remembered.

This workshop is free and suits all ages, abilities and levels of art experience. Please wear clothes suitable for painting. Email arts@melville.wa.gov.au to register.

Willagee Library furniture painting workshop

  • When: Saturday 1 August from 1:00 to 3:00pm
  • Where: Willagee Library, corner Archibald and Winnacot Street, Willagee

Join artists Kambarni and Matthew McVeigh for a workshop to develop designs for the new outdoor furniture at Willagee Library.

Participants will hear about the process the artists used to develop their mural artwork for the library, and then will be guided though a process to create their very own designs for the new Willagee Library outdoor furniture. Depending on the weather, some participants may also be able to help paint the outdoor furniture as well!

This workshop is free and suits all ages, abilities and levels of art experience. Please wear clothes suitable for painting. Email arts@melville.wa.gov.au to register.

George Humes Park and surrounding landscape

The park is the namesake of George Humes, a well-respected Noongar boxer and Willagee resident in the 1940’s, well-known for his work in bringing the community together and promoting reconciliation. George Humes Park is a site of significant Aboriginal significance once a place of precious red ochre which was traded to places as far away as Queensland.

We will be looking at continuing to renew the precinct, over the coming years, with projects being considered for the park and community facility area to create increased connection and usable spaces for the community.

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