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Scale Modellers Club lights up thanks to City's stimulus package

A new suspended ceiling and LED lighting have been installed at the Scale Modellers Club in Noranda under the City's local economic and social stimulus package.

Dec 04 2020

The Scale Modellers Club of Western Australia (SMCWA) is looking brighter thanks to a new suspended ceiling and LED lighting installed at the club's Noranda facility under the City's $5.09 million local economic and social stimulus package.

Mayor Dan Bull said the $18,600 upgrade, fully funded by the City, created a more functional space for the club and other community groups that share the facility, in time for the festive season.

"I am pleased to announce that the Scale Modellers Club now features a new suspended ceiling and LED lighting, illuminating the group's impressive creations and providing a better light source for members working on their scale models," Cr Bull said.

"The addition of a suspended ceiling in place of the previous vaulted ceiling means the club can run its air conditioner more efficiently over summer with a smaller area to cool.

"The upgrade is one of 20 projects fast-tracked to completion thanks to $286,762 in community capital grants funding, under the City's $5.09 million local stimulus package."

Prior to COVID-19, community capital grant projects required co-contribution of funds, meaning groups were required to contribute to the cost of a project.

"For many of our local community groups, the quarantine period earlier this year was especially difficult," Cr Bull said.

"Through its stimulus package, the City is proud to be able to cover the full cost of several community capital grant projects, supporting our community towards recovery."

Before the upgrade, the previous ceiling was showing signs of ageing, with dust falling from the roof causing a build-up on work tables and surfaces below.

Scale Modellers Club of Western Australia president Kurt Fischer said thanks to the upgrade, the club and other local groups now have a brighter, cleaner space to work on their craft - encouraging people to stay socially connected and involved in their community in the lead-up to Christmas.

"I'd like to say a big thank you to the City of Bayswater - these updates have made a huge difference to our club," Mr Fischer said.

"The new LED lights have improved visibility for our members who can see better while working on their projects, many of which require fine motor skills and concentration.

"The new lights are also more energy efficient than the previous fluorescent ones, meaning we've not only reduced our energy bill but our environmental footprint too - it's a win-win all around."

Through its Strategic Community Plan, the City is delivering on its commitments to provide a quality and connected built environment and support an active and engaged community.

More information about the City's stimulus package can be found here.

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