Funding secures centre

It has been 11 years in the making, but construction on the Harvey Community Sports Centre will begin within weeks after the Federal Government pledged $626,000 for the project.

Regional Development Minister John McVeigh made the announcement with Forrest MHR Nola Marino describing funding for the multi-purpose facility as “wonderful news for Harvey”.

Mrs Marino said the cash injection was a much-needed boost for a community that had been forced to deal with extra cost and work as a result of the 2016 Waroona-Yarloop bushfires.

“This will be so important for Harvey’s future,” Mrs Marino said.

The new facility will include a 355sq m multi-purpose community and sporting centre, a social room, kitchen and kiosk facilities, changerooms and administration rooms, and is also expected to create six jobs during construction and two ongoing jobs at the centre.

Centre project committee president Craig Maughan said it was the “final piece of the funding puzzle” towards a facility that would support the community’s needs for at least the next 20 years.

“This project is about the sporting and community groups that don’t have a home yet, but also for those clubs we haven’t even thought of yet,” Mr Maughan said.

Harvey shire president Tania Jackson said the facility had been well used, including as an evacuation centre during the 2016 bushfires.

“This project began in 2007 and people have been generous with their time, as well as the community contributing $60,000 to the project as well,” she said.

Regional Development Minister John McVeigh said the facility was exactly the kind of project the Federal Government wanted to get behind.

“I’m happy to be getting behind communities that have done it tough but still have so much potential,” he said.

Dr McVeigh said having spent time with Mrs Marino in parliament meant he had been made “fully aware” of the project.

“Part of our jobs as Federal members is to advocate for our communities, and there’s no better advocate in parliament than Nola,” he said.

Source: Harvey-Waroona Reporter.