Federal Member for Stirling Michael Keenan has met with representatives from the local Jewish community to discuss plans to upgrade facilities in Yokine.
Built in the 1970’s, the Jewish Community Centre is home to many organisations which provide activities and services for Jewish people across Stirling, and the wider Perth community.
Volunteers have been fundraising heavily over the last few years but say further assistance is needed to ensure the facility offers maximum amenity, opportunity and support to residents.
Mr Keenan today toured the community centre and said he will do everything he can to secure a Federal funding contribution for the project.
“The Jewish Centre is a huge asset to our community and we want to ensure it is sustainable and financially viable for the future,” Mr Keenan said.
“This project would assist in building an inclusive multicultural society, and increase engagement with the non-Jewish community.”
The planned refurbishment would be the most significant capital works project since it was built. The plans include:
- Renovating the foyer, bathrooms, kitchen, meeting rooms, shared activity area, storage areas and offices
- Replacing the roof, flooring, electrics and plumbing
- Improving communications, cabling and security
Liberal candidate for Stirling Vince Connelly said it’s a much-needed project and he’ll be pushing for the refurbishment to be funded.
“We want to ensure everyone stays connected and feels accepted in our community; part of that is ensuring they have access to good facilities,” Mr Connelly said.
“I will be actively campaigning to see this project through and ensure it receives funding.”
A large proportion of the WA Jewish community live near the Community Centre located at 61 Woodrow Avenue in Yokine.
The facility is surrounded by Maccabi WA, Carmel Primary and High Schools, JewishCare WA, the Holocaust Institute of WA and the Maurice Zeffert Retirement Home.