New-look Corrigin Recreation Centre opens


Residents from Corrigin gathered on Sunday for the official opening of the Corrigin Recreation and Events Centre.

Federal Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the facility would provide the community with a vibrant and functional multipurpose centre.

“The precinct offers the community modern facilities that can be used as a venue for locals to meet for social occasions, educational, sporting and training purposes,” Senator Nash said.

Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson joined the local community for the official opening of the Corrigin Recreation and Events Centre and said the Australian Government provided $500,000 towards the $6.9 million infrastructure project.

“The Australian Government is committed to funding community projects that have a longer term positive impact on the social and economic infrastructure of communities,” Mr Wilson said.

“Across Australia, the Government is helping deliver these important projects through programmes such as the $1 billion National Stronger Regions Fund and $350 million Community Development Grants Programme.”

Western Australian Minister for Regional Development Terry Redman said that the WA Government had provided more than $2.6 million toward the project, including $1.6 million through Royalties for Regions, $636,364 from the Department of Sport and Recreation and $363,636 from Lotterywest.

“Not only are recreation facilities great places for people to get active, they are important hubs for people to gather and feel a sense of community and belonging,” Mr Redman said.

Western Australian Minister for Sport and Member for Central Wheatbelt Mia Davies, who joined Mr Wilson for today’s official opening, said delivery of the new facility was the result of the entire local community working together.

“In addition to funding from both the Western Australian and Australian governments, a range of local sporting and community organisations contributed financially to help make this project happen,” Ms Davies said.

“Corrigin and its surrounding district have around six separate sporting bodies along with 19 community organisations that will all benefit from this facility.”

President of the Shire of Corrigin Lynette Baker said project works involved the construction of an indoor netball/basketball/badminton court, squash court, four change rooms, multipurpose rooms, modern commercial kitchen and the Cyril Box Function Room, which accommodates 200 people.

“Project works commenced in August 2014 and completed in February 2016,” Cr Baker said.

“We are looking forward to celebrating the opening with the community and reflecting on the many years of hard work and fundraising that has created this amazing complex for Corrigin.”

For Senator Nash:                                     Les White                                         0409 805 122

For Mr Wilson:                                            Monica O’Shea                                0402 097 455

For Mr Redman:                                         Jayne Rickard                                 0408 145 366

For Ms Davies:                                           Simone Knox                                  0419 323 434  

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