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Residents of Paraburdoo will have even more reason to love where they live with a major Royalties for Regions investment announced by the Minister for Regional Development today.
A community hub incorporating a multi-purpose indoor sports centre, clubrooms and a gym, is becoming a reality with a $5 million funding commitment from the State Government.
The project is part of the $1.7 billion State Government’s Royalties for Regions Pilbara Cities initiative, delivered by the Pilbara Development Commission, which is creating vibrant, liveable towns that people choose to live and work.
Pilbara Development Commission Chief Executive Officer Terry Hill welcomed the announcement.
“This is a big win for Paraburdoo. The Community Hub will activate the town centre by combining community, sport and recreation facilities in one central hub,” Mr Hill said.
“We have been working closely with the Shire of Ashburton and Rio Tinto on this project for a number of years and I’m pleased to see it become a reality for the community.”
The project also enables the expansion of services through the Karingal Neighbourhood Centre, which was previously constrained by aging facilities.
“The expanded facility will allow for new community and health services including child health nurses, counselling, physiotherapists and specialist education programs,” Mr Hill said.
“Community centres play a vital role in the wellbeing and quality of life for residents in regional communities. This project will make Paraburdoo a more attractive place for people to live and work.”
The Paraburdoo Community Hub complements the new $4.6 million Paraburdoo Childcare Centre, which was made possible by the Royalties for Regions program through the Pilbara Development Commission, Rio Tinto and the Shire of Ashburton, which is due to open in October 2016.
The Paraburdoo Community Hub was funded through the Pilbara Cities Place Making and Activation Framework. The Dampier Community Hub, which opened in July 2016, was also funded through the Framework.
Click here to view the Minister’s announcement.