COOLBELLUP needs a “beating heart” says the local community association.
Although the demise of the local IGA earlier this year created a big hole at the Cooby Shopping Centre, the Coolbellup Community Association is hoping that by 2025 the area can become a new focal point for the community.
Recently the association surveyed residents about their favourite parts of the suburb (its parks and bushland topped that poll) but when asked what was needed most plumped for “better shops” and a community hub.
CCA secretary Pip Brennan said the shopping centre was an obvious choice for a hub.
“We just believe that when you’ve got somewhere to come, it builds more of that community, which is something we believe is really important.”
She said another focus of residents was a space for youth, as there’s not much around the suburb except the skate park, so they’re hoping to trial a drop-in centre with a not-for-profit if they can get funding.
Other plans for the next five years include a community garden, shed, tool library, and supporting a community cooperative market.
The association is working with the shopping precinct’s strata manager, who is “only supposed to look after the common areas but shares our passion for the suburb”, Ms Brennan said.
by MIREILLE CHRISTIE