Community Infrastructure Funding Priority
The City provides and maintains more than 150 community facilities including community halls, neighbourhood houses, kindergartens, senior citizens centres, community centres, libraries and centres for family and children’s services.
Over recent years a planned approach has been taken to upgrade ageing facilities, with strategic planning a key to meeting future community infrastructure needs. This focuses on developing community hubs to cater for population growth and renewal.
Partnerships and government funding will be necessary while timeframes for delivery of each infrastructure plan will be prioritised according to community needs.
- Upgraded community infrastructure which meets service provision and environmental standards.
- Greater equity of accessibility of services across the municipality.
- Creating a ‘sense of place’ which builds community identity and spirit.
- Easier access by grouping together services and working in partnership with other agencies.
- Modern fit-for-purpose community facilities that contribute to community health, education and wellbeing
Over 10 million worth of new and redeveloped community services infrastructure has been recently completed including:
Construction of the Ocean Grove Integrated Children’s Centre is now underway and scheduled for completion in late 2013. The Leopold Community Hub is at detail design stage and construction is to commence in 2013. Planning is also underway for new Early Learning Centres at Barwon Heads, North Shore and Grovedale. Design and development of a proposed ‘early delivery’ community facility in the Armstrong Creek East Precinct has also commenced.
- Waurn Ponds Library (new)
- Lara Library (new)
- Allanvale, Ocean Grove, Lara Lake and Portarlington preschool redevelopments
- Reynolds Road (Belmont) Maternal and Child Health Centre (new)
- The fOrT Youth Centre (Norlane) redevelopment.