Shark Bay residents can look forward to the construction of a multi-function community, sport and recreation centre, after receiving $4.15million in State Government Royalties for Regions funding announced by Minister for Regional Development Brendon Grylls.
The $5.1million project, which has also received funding of $950,000 from the Shire of Shark Bay, will deliver a number of benefits to the community.
Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said in addition to facilitating sport and recreational activities and events, the centre will offer a separate gymnasium, meeting rooms and a performing arts centre.
“The design, location and elevation of the building will allow the centre to serve also as an emergency evacuation shelter for up to 500 people during extreme climatic events - the building has been designed and will be constructed to the appropriate cyclonic region rating,” Mr Grylls said
“This centre is much-needed by the community as well as by visitors to Shark Bay, many of whom stay for extended periods of up to six months.
“The centre will encourage regular physical activity and social interaction, providing a place for community gatherings, meetings, events and training.
“Community groups in the Shark Bay area currently suffer from a lack of suitable premises for activities. The organisation of meetings and events - important for developing business and tourism in the area - is very difficult without access to appropriate all-weather facilities.”
Community consultation initiated by the Shire of Shark Bay has identified a range of sports and community activities that would be enhanced by the provision of the centre.
North West MLA Vince Catania said the shire and the Gascoyne Development Commission had worked together to ensure that a modern, professionally-managed facility will be provided for the community.
Mr Catania said as well as improved health and well-being, the community will benefit from employment generation, greater education and training opportunities, cultural experiences and the safety of a cyclonic-rated evacuation shelter.
Royalties for Regions funding for the building has been allocated from the Gascoyne Revitalisation Plan ($3.9million) and the Regional Grants Scheme ($250,000). The Gascoyne Revitalisation Plan initiative will see the region receive $150million in Royalties for Regions funding over the next five years.
Brighthouse was engaged by the Shire of Shark Bay to prepare a Business Case Study which was part of the application for Royalties for Regions funding.