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Mount Barker Community Resource Centre

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In October 2004, the Mount Barker Baptist Church conducted a vision and mission statement night, where lots of ideas were put on the table — What should we be doing as a church in Mount Barker? Out of this came the mission to engage in the community more fully, in practical ways. At about the same time, it was becoming obvious that we needed to update our buildings, and that the site we were on was not suitable, although it had served the church well for almost 40 years at that point.

As we took those two factors into account, and began looking at alternative sites, the concept of a multipurpose Community Centre was born. So the original (and continuing) motive for the Community Centre was to create a Centre that would provide a wide range of services and facilitate others, that either do not already exist, or can be enhanced by better facilities.

We formed a ‘building committee’ that began to look at potential sites, and liaise with potential partners in the project. Several different models were considered, but the site at 1 Lowood Road stood out as an ideal location.

The Plantagenet Shire Council was a great advocate of the concept, and in time, an agreement was created that allowed for a long lease on 1 Lowood Road, that would allow substantial upgrades and additions to the building. It was originally a recreation centre (squash & badminton etc), then more recently housed the town library. A memorandum of understanding between the Plantagenet Shire and the Community Centre was established.

Baptist Churches WA agreed to sponsor the project, which meant a large incorporated body would oversee the project, and manage finances, both during the building phase and on an ongoing basis.

In December 2007, the building committee was disbanded, and the Board of the Mount Barker Community Centre (became Mount Barker Community Resource Centre in 2010) was formed. A constitution was created, and a lease with the Plantagenet Shire was signed.

The Church sold the Manse house, and then later, the Church and hall & land, to create the initial capital to begin the project. On the merits of the vision, combined with the commitment of the church members to turn all of the local church assets into a community asset, many other funding bodies have joined us to create the Community Resource Centre for Mount Barker.

Architects were engaged, plans created, and building works began in early 2009, initially with the addition and upgrades to the original building (north half of current building). In late 2009, the building of the southern half began, which now houses the Town Library, offices for visiting professionals, and child services. Renovations to the original building (north half) will largely be completed by the end of 2011.

Throughout all of the building works, the Centre has been functioning. The Library was joined by the Centrelink office in October 2008, homework classes in July 2010, and the manager of the centre was appointed in February 2011.