Baldivis residents will soon have a library to call their own with the construction of the $11.5 million Baldivis Library and Resource Centre to commence early next month.
Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said after more than two years of planning, he was pleased construction would commence in autumn.
“The facility represents another step forward in meeting the needs of the fast growing Baldivis population, which is predicted to grow to 40,000 people by 2031,” he said.
“With that comes a lot of issues with infrastructure and this is going to go a long way in helping to fill in those gaps here in Baldivis.”
Cr Sammels said the multipurpose building would include a library with media hubs, children’s and outdoor play areas, teenager gaming stations, function room and meeting rooms.
Site Architecture Studio architect Christian Wetjen said the design of the building was based on Baldivis’ surroundings.
“It is a library and community centre, but the design is very much based on the local surroundings,” he said.
“We tried to incorporate the trees and some wetland themes in a very abstract way.”
PACT Construction general manager Jason Kunkler said he was looking forward to delivering the project to the local community.
Brand MHR Gary Gray said the new centre was an important piece of community infrastructure which would provide state-of-the-art facilities for the Baldivis community.
The facility was made possible by $5.75 million from the Federal Government’s Regional Development Australia Fund, $1.3 million from Lotterywest and $350,000 from Stockland.The centre’s doors are set to open in May 2014.