Better services in health, education, training and tourism are now a reality for the rural Western Australian community of Beverley following today’s official opening of the new $3.7 million Cornerstone Multi-Purpose Community Centre.
Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, said the new centre will address long-term issues in the community, including rural isolation, an ageing population, high unemployment and disengaged youth.
“The centre will provide a huge range of facilities for people across the community, including a community resource centre, crèche, library, tourism centre, museum, business incubator offices, toy library, IT room and conference room,” Mr Porter said.
“Increasing community access to these vital services will improve health outcomes, link young people in particular to educational and training resources and promote greater workforce participation – a win for everybody involved.”
Mr Porter said the Liberal Government’s $1.32 million investment in the project will benefit the local economy.
“The project supported 16 jobs during construction and is expected to support nine ongoing jobs while injecting $3.7 million into the local economy, with great benefits for local suppliers,” Mr Porter said.
“The new centre will help diversify the economy and encourage entrepreneurship in a primarily agricultural town by giving new businesses the space as well as advice and training they require to thrive.
“It will also offer childcare programs to address child vulnerability and improve educational outcomes and skills training through providers such as Central Regional TAFE to reduce the harmful effects of unemployment.”
Shire of Beverley President, Cr Dee Ridgway, said the new centre will benefit local residents by creating a better place to live, work, learn and interact.
“The new facility will be more responsive to community activities, education, business incubation, tourism and social support services. It will create employment, boost economic growth and build a sustainable community in Western Australia’s Wheatbelt region,” Cr Ridgway said.
“The displays in the museum will pay special tribute to the rich aeronautical history of Beverley.”
The project was jointly funded with the Liberal Government investing $1.32 million, the Western Australian Government $445,000, the WA Lotteries Commission $745,000, the Shire of Beverley $1.165 million, and the Beverley Community Resources Centre $25,000.
The Liberal Government contribution was funded under its Building Better Regions Fund. This is a $641 million investment designed to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future.