Exciting milestone reached for $11.4 million community project in Dalyellup

Published on Friday, 2 February 2024 at 10:21:45 AM

The Shire of Capel is excited to announce the confirmation of the final funding for the highly-anticipated Dalyellup Multipurpose Community and Youth Centre (DMCYC). This significant achievement marks a major step towards in fostering community cohesion and empowering our local and South West communities.

Last week, the Western Australia Government announced an additional $1 million boost to the DMCYC project, on top of previously invested $8 million, through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries - with additional funding now secured to meet project cost escalations. The Shire has committed $500,000 to the project, and secured $1.5 million from LotteryWest.

The DMCYC will serve as a dynamic hub, seamlessly integrating Shire services and community initiatives. The 1,802sqm centre is set to deliver:

  • Youth Hub: a flexible and dynamic space that will provide a range of youth programs and services; the area also connects with the adjacent Youth Precinct (skate park, pump track and nature play area).


  • Technology and Creativity Hub themed “The Future”, the Hub will incorporate cutting edge innovation and digital technology. The Hub will provide opportunities to enthusiasts to enjoy gaming, robotics, digital creative art, software development, music and sound recording and online training. Programs will be offered for the pure enthusiast or those looking to establish a career or business.


The Hub will also integrate and collaborate with other creative digital hubs around the region, across the state and nationally.


  • Function, Community Meeting & Amenities Space(s): The theme for these space(s) will be “The Past” and will incorporate aboriginal heritage and traditional meeting spaces. Containing the foyer gallery, meeting rooms, kitchen, store facilities and public amenities. External access and secured internal doors will allow the toilets to be accessible to outdoor functions when the DMCYC might not be open to the public and to create an indoor / outdoor space.


  • Library and Learning: The library will be a modern and contemporary learning area, with dynamic furniture and zones being created within a larger space to allow for a variety of flexible functions. encompassing a retreat room, two meeting rooms, library and early learning, returns section and workroom.


  • Surrounding Community Precinct – The DMCYC will be cornerstone and final piece of the puzzle that connects the entire precinct and other key elements – skate park, pump track and nature play area though to the Dalyellup town centre.


Shire President Doug Kitchen thanked the WA State Government and expressed his enthusiasm for the project, emphasizing that the multifaceted elements of the DMCYC were a result of a comprehensive community engagement process. He noted that the design and functionality of the facility were shaped by the expressed future needs of the community.

"In 2021, we engaged with stakeholders and the wider community to understand their vision for the future needs in the Dalyellup area, and broader region. This confirmed the real need for a purpose-built facility catering to our youth while providing a permanent home for our library and a digital hub for acquiring tomorrow's skills. The design is inclusive, flexible, connected to the landscape, and unique," said President Doug Kitchen.

He further highlighted the community's strong desire for a digital space during consultations and workshops, expressing excitement about the opportunities it would create for youth skill development, higher education, and potential employment and career opportunities. The keen interest from local and regional education providers adds to the anticipation surrounding this forward-thinking facility.


It is expected that the DMCYC Operations and Management Plan will now be finalised and be presented to Council at the April Ordinary Council Meeting, with the construction tender process to begin shortly after.


Opening and operation of the DMCYC is planned for mid to late 2025.


Doug Kitchen                          Gordon MacMile

Shire President                                                            Chief Executive Officer




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