$6 million grant for the Perth community

December 17, 2019 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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The Perth community has received a government grant which will enable it to create a Perth Holocaust Museum and a William Cooper Memorial.

Artist’s impression of the new centre

The Jewish Community Centre in Yokine has been a key part of the Stirling electorate community since 1974. It is a well-established place where people can meet for work, sport and play.

In a joint statement Minister of Finance Senator Mathias Cormann and Liberal MP for Stirling Vince Connelly said: “To ensure the Centre continues to meet the needs of the community, the Government has committed to support its redevelopment project with a $6 million grant.

Vince Connelly

During the election, the Morrison Government announced $300,000 for repairs and renovations to the Centre, however it was clear that the Centre needed a once-in-a-generation redevelopment.

Since then we have been engaging with the community to develop a proposal, and this vision will now become a reality.

The Centre currently comprises office space for a number of Jewish community groups, an open space for social and cultural activities, seminars and presentations, meeting facilities and the Holocaust Institute. But there is potential for much more.

Senator Mathia Cormann

The plan to refurbish the Centre is the most significant capital works project since it was built and is designed to secure a sustainable future for the Centre.

The vision for the new Jewish Community Centre is to create an iconic Western Australian community facility in the heart of the Perth Jewish Precinct, with a Perth Holocaust Museum and William Cooper Memorial as its centrepiece. The refurbished centre will also incorporate a community daycare centre and a multi-purpose, multi-use Jewish Community Centre.

In particular, the construction of a new Perth Holocaust Museum will ensure that the Western Australian community can help to promote education, integration and understanding for many years to come.

The Government shares this vision with the Jewish Community Centre and we are pleased to contribute to making this vision a reality.

President of the Jewish Community Council of WA Joan Hillman told J-Wire: “This commitment from the Government will ensure that the Jewish Community Centre will remain as the focal point of our community.”

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