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.
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 includes renewed community spaces 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. Works began in September 2020, and we will be reopening in late February 2021.
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 which took place in July and August this year. 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.
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.