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Thursday, 26 October, 2017



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Residents of Casey

Congratulations! After many years of planning and construction, the time has come to officially open the newly constructed Bunjil Place this weekend. When we first announced our plan to build the $125 million facility in June 2013, the concepts looked inspiring and magnificent. To see how the plans and vision have now come to life is spectacular and I know our community will be impressed when they first walk through the doors. Bunjil Place offers a variety of events, shows, exhibitions, live performances, business conferences and more to enliven the precinct year-round. There’s no doubt about it, Bunjil Place will offer something for everyone. When we set about designing Bunjil Place, our motivation was the community. We made it our mission to create an inviting central heart for the community, that celebrates participation belonging and civic pride. The ways in which our community will benefit from this facility are extraordinary. Be it through the new modern library set over three levels, the theatre fitted to seat 800 people, within the function centre capable of hosting a variety of events, wandering through the spacious gallery, through to the outdoor community plaza equipped with a big screen, playground, water features and war memorial.

Not only am I proud of the building, I am also proud of the financial strength behind it. At the beginning, we were faced with the prospect of paying off a 30 year loan of $90 million. Over the last four years, we actively lobbied our federal government and through the valuable assistance of Jason Wood MP, Federal Member for La Trobe we achieved a $10 million grant towards the construction. In addition, a number of

underperforming assets were disposed, ultimately reducing our loan requirement to $62 million, and the payback period to now only nine years! So not only do we now have a beautiful precinct to enjoy, but we can also enjoy it without putting pressure on our rates. It’s an amazing success story for the city! Joined by my fellow Councillors and Jason Wood MP, Federal Member for La Trobe, I will be commencing the official opening

celebrations on Saturday 28 October from 10.40 am with a Welcome to Country, ribbon cutting and plaque unveiling. I look forward to seeing many of you at the opening weekend! Come on down to visit your new home of entertainment and enjoy the free events and activities at our Opening Festival. Cr Sam Aziz Mayor City of Casey





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News - Berwick Star News - 26th October 2017