Mullewa reaps rewards of 2015/16 budget

Mullewa has been heavily featured in the newly adopted City of Greater Geraldton 2015/16 Budget which projects great positive outcomes for the town.

As a result of a record spend in Mullewa, infrastructure and employment opportunities are set to get a boost .

The Mullewa Youth Centre will be just one of the elements to have money injected into it from the Budget as well as the Town Park, road upgrades and the construction of a general waste transport facility.

A total of $150,000 will be spent on a full refurbishment of the Mullewa Youth Centre including new roofing, internal walls, new evaporative air conditioning and the replacement of floor coverings and windows.

Mullewa’s Town Park will also have an increased focus in helping to maintain and improve the local space which will become the premier precinct for the community.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor, Ian Carpenter, said both the Youth Centre and Town Park were important parts of the community and ones that the City were dedicated to improving.

“We know how much of a positive impact the Mullewa Youth Centre has on the Youth in the community and that’s why we are dedicated to conserving and developing these important assets in Mullewa,” he said.

“It is a very important space for the local youth, and the community has said that the centre is a top priority for Mullewa.”

The Mullewa Youth Centre, which is owned and managed by the City of Greater Geraldton with funding support from the Department of Child Protection, is utilised by local children and youths from the ages of eight to 18.

The Centre provides a safe, enjoyable retreat for youth, and runs a range of activities aimed at building confidence and resilience and encouraging physical activity. Youth are also provided with information and support in the event of adversity, or referrals to organisations aiming to assist young people.

Roads in Mullewa will also be renewed with $3.7 million from State Government funding to repair and upgrade major damage caused by flooding in the past year.

With infrastructure renewal a top priority, a key feature of these works will be the provision of Aboriginal employment opportunities.

“With the proposed works that will be done in Mullewa we aim to implement an employment program which essentially will create great positive outcomes for the local community,” Mayor Carpenter said.

“Unemployment numbers have increased in Mullewa and these projects will open up plenty of opportunities for the local community to gain work.

“Not only are we able to improve the town but we will employ locals to help do so which is the best outcome for Mullewa.”

In a great environmental outcome for Mullewa, $100,000 will be spent on the construction of a waste transfer station which will transport general waste back to Geraldton’s Meru Waste Disposal Facility, the Midwest region’s only Class III facility.