Boya Community Centre is open for business


The Boya Community Centre will open to the public on Monday 6 February, with a day of festive activities.

The state – of –the art building, located alongside the Boya Oval, includes the Katharine Susannah Prichard (KSP)  library and a modern community hall which replaces the Boya and Greenmount halls.

The $7.4million project was completed during 2016 by Badge Constructions and includes oval works and car parking.

In recent weeks replacement trees and landscaping work has been completed to complement the building and work on extending the oval playing-surface, water irrigation and new floodlights is underway.

Shire president David Lavell said the new centre was an extremely important and attractive addition to the Shire's facilities.

"The fabric of the building reflects the natural environment theme, while the facilities are modern, accessible and accommodating," he said.

"The 300sqm community space will offer local groups and organisations the opportunity to meet for a variety of activities and events.

 "There is a large kitchen and covered verandah which will provide even more space for community activities."

The Shire's Manager, Libraries and Community Engagement Kaye Abel said the increased library floor space has offered the chance to better provide access to loanable items, collections and resources for all interests and ages.

"It also allows for a library lounge area, study nooks, public meeting rooms, an area for young adults and a designated children's area," she said.

"There is free WIFI and the study nooks accommodate space for members to bring their own devices. We can now provide enhanced search services with an accessibility desk which can be used by anyone in a wheel chair, 'she said.

Ms Abel said  the much loved stained glass window- a feature of the Greenmount Library – was being moved to the new library.

"This wonderful space also offers the opportunity to showcase the Shire's art collection on a rotating basis," she said.

Ms Abel said inquiries and registrations for the new library have increased dramatically since the new building took shape.

"We envisage the library with its improved access to, and use of, advanced technology will attract many new members of all ages," she said

"While maintaining the fabric of a traditional public library and all that that offers, the new KSP library is embracing the opportunity to provide access to a world of information and entertainment through the use of new and developing tools for all in the Shire."

An official celebratory event will take place at the Boya Community Centre on Wednesday March 8, to coincide with International Women's Day. More details will be available closer to the date.

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