The Yarloop Community Centre was officially opened by the Premier of Western Australia Mark McGowan on Friday, 22 November 2019.
Harvey Shire President Paul Gillett said after the devastation of losing the Yarloop Hall in the 2016 fires the residents identified the need to build a multi-purpose community centre in place of the hall.
“After the fires, Council set up the Yarloop Town Development Working Group with local residents to determine what public buildings and facilities needed to be reestablished after they were lost in the fire,” he said.
“The Yarloop Community Centre will be a place where the people of the town and surrounding areas can come together and participate in a range of activities and functions, and become the new social hub of the town.
“Thank you to all the staff and councillors who have been involved in the project and those who played significant roles in the design and delivery of the project.”
The $2.7 million project was funded by the Department of Premier and Cabinet which contributed $1 million, Lotterywest provided a grant of $750,000 and the Shire of Harvey contributed $800,000.
Franco Carozzi Architects prepared a concept design for the new community centre and Civilcon Construction, a local firm based in Picton, was awarded the tender to construct the building. Construction started in late 2018 and was completed in September 2019.