Community centre for welfare?

NEAABE120118a2, Residents want Kimberley miners welfare site turning into a community centre.
NEAABE120118a2, Residents want Kimberley miners welfare site turning into a community centre.

A RESIDENT in Kimberley said she wants to see the town’s miners’ welfare turned into a community centre.

Melanie Weston said the building should be used to benefit the community and local big businesses that profit from residents living nearby could help support it.

“I think this would be a perfect opportunity to establish some kind of community centre for the area,” she said.

“There could be a breakfast club for children before school starts, maybe a mother and toddler drop-in cafe with ballpit or a lunch club for the local elderly.

“There could perhaps be an after- school café social club for teenagers before home time and a youth club for the evenings.”

Ms Weston said Ikea could be approached to help fit it out and Sainsbury’s could provide drinks at the clubs.

“I think Ikea could be approached to fit it out and donate some money towards running costs as they make a huge amount of money from the parents in the area,” she said.

“The same applies to Sainsbury’s who could perhaps donate breakfast foods or fruit and juices for the children’s sessions.

“It seems a shame to let such a strategically-placed building be used for something other than the community,” she added.

The welfare sold a couple of weeks ago, but it is unknown at the moment who the buyer was or what they have planned for it.