The City of Kwinana’s newest community pavilion, built in Honeywood Estate in Wandi, will soon be open to the public for use on weekends and outside of school hours.
Mayor Carol Adams said the pavilion was the result of an extensive community consultation process, including community meetings, online surveys and interviews with key stakeholders such as surrounding residents, the Local Farmers Market, the Honeywood Residents Group, Honeywood Primary School, peak sporting bodies and potential user groups.
It is also the first dual-named facility in the City of Kwinana, leading with a literal translation of Honeywood Pavilion in local Nyoongar dialect meaning ‘honey’ Boorn being ‘wood’ and Mia-Mia ‘house’ or ‘shelter’
“The Ngook Boorn Mia-Mia / Honeywood Pavilion is the City’s first facility with solar battery storage, and it has fully keyless access for ease of access for the community,” Mayor Adams said.
“The building includes an external public toilet to address community requests from patrons of the busy adjacent playground,” she said.
Developer contributions provided $3.3 million for the facility and a further $400,000 was provided by the Department of Local Government, Sport, Cultural Industries and through their Community Sport and Recreation Facilities Fund.
“The City also has an allocation towards public art for the pavilion and is working with a Nyoongar writer and researcher to engage with the Aboriginal community to develop a poem, and it is our hope that the poem will then be interpreted on the building in an artistic manner mid-next year,” Mayor Adams said.
The pavilion, designed by architect Donovan Payne, will be the new home of the Kwinana Knights Junior Football Club and the Kwinana Blue Jays Baseball Club from next year following a registration of interest process undertaken earlier this year. Regular hirers will offer a range of activities for the Wandi community to enjoy.
“This is an extremely exciting time seeing the increase in the number of community facilities in our City,” Mayor Adams said.