The City of Melville recognises the important role neighbourhood and community centres play in creating hubs for community connections, with two of its centres undergoing exciting transformations this year.
Renovations are taking place at Willagee Community Centre and Bull Creek Community Centre to refresh both facilities and ensure they are places where people feel connected to their suburbs.
City of Melville Mayor the Hon. George Gear JP said Neighbourhood Centre Week, which takes place from Saturday, 8 May to Friday, 14 May 2021 highlighted the incredible way neighbourhood and community centres supported their communities.
“The refurbishment of Willagee Community Centre is underway and is expected to be finished mid-year and the community can look forward to a refreshed basketball court and meeting rooms, sound dampening in the hall for bigger events and new carpet designs inspired by the work of Aboriginal artist Brentyn Lugnan,” said Mayor Gear.
“A creative feature of the refurbishment is community created photographs printed on ceramic tiles on the external wall, which portray what brought happiness to City of Melville residents during the COVID-19 lockdowns.
“The Bull Creek Community Centre, along with the Bull Creek Library, is being treated to stunning wall murals by artist Jack Bromell with further refurbishment works scheduled to commence in July and be completed by mid-September 2021.
“The refurbishment of two of our four community centres will add to the sense of community in both suburbs and will enable us to continue to bring people together over common interests.”
Mayor Gear said recent surveys of community centre attendees undertaken for reporting to the Department of Communities, showed the facilities were places of social connection and learning.
“Of the people who took part in the surveys, 90% said their community centre activity made them feel more socially connected; 95% of participants said that they learnt something new through participating in the activity and 78% said that participating in the activity has made a difference in their life,” said Mayor Gear.
“Social isolation is increasing in Perth as it is across the globe and our community centres aim to help by being connected and inclusive places where people feel they belong and are valued.”
For more information, visit www.melvillecity.com.au/communitycentres
Image: Artist Jack Bromell paints the external walls at Bull Creek Community Centre and Bull Creek Library.