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Grant to help fund much-needed centre

Published on Tuesday 31 July, 2018

Mayor CEO Lotterywest Grant Thornlie Bowls Club 2018

The City of Gosnells has welcomed a $1.3 million Lotterywest grant to construct a new community centre at Thornlie Reserve.

To be located between the Thornlie Bowls Club and Thornlie Tennis Club, the centre will be part of a redevelopment of the overall site to create a community and sports hub. Construction is expected to start in 2019.

City of Gosnells Mayor Glenn Dewhurst said it was the first time the City has partnered with a community organisation to deliver such a project, which is expected to provide a range of recreational opportunities for club members and the wider community.

He said the support and involvement of the Thornlie Bowls Club had been integral to the project’s development.

“Thornlie is due for some fresh, new community facilities and this Lotterywest grant will go a long way to creating a centre for the whole community to enjoy,” Mayor Dewhurst said.

“The City is working closely with user groups and potential user groups as it develops the new centre, to ensure it best meets the needs of our community. It’s a very exciting project.”

The community centre will provide space for large events, workshops, small meetings and group physical activities. A kitchen and servery, plus storage for furniture will be included.

In addition to the Lotterywest grant, the City is pleased to have also received a funding commitment for $2.4 million from the Federal Government, to support this much needed infrastructure. The Thornlie Bowls Club also contributed $1 million.

The City is keen to hear from community groups interested in hiring the facility once it is complete. Community members can also contact the City if they would like to know more about the project. Please send your contact details to council@gosnells.wa.gov.au.