For more than 30 years the Camberwell Community Centre has provided the community with a range of programs and activities. To ensure the centre can meet the current demand for programs and the needs of a growing population, Council is planning to build a new facility that will greatly improve the way the centre can operate and what it can offer to local residents.
Key features of the new Camberwell Community Centre will include:
- a range of flexible, multipurpose spaces for neighbourhood house programs and activities
- improved meeting spaces, including a hall
- dedicated facilities for art and pottery classes; the centre is the only neighbourhood house in Boroondara which provides pottery classes
- consolidating all of Camberwell Community Centre’s Leighton and Chambly programs at one site in Fairholm Grove
- a relocated and expanded Maternal and Child Health Centre in the centre of Camberwell, which includes an early parenting centre
- basement and ground-floor car park with lift access to all levels, and at-grade additional onsite car parking and drop-off area to allow easier access
- an outdoor garden courtyard area for activities and recreation
- a central administration office, which will increase operating efficiency
- 5 Star Green Star design, resulting in a high-quality energy efficient building.
Because of Camberwell Community Centre’s central location, the entire Boroondara community stands to benefit from the redevelopment. Many residents will be able to enjoy access to health and wellbeing activities, art, pottery and craft classes, learn languages and computing, attend a maternal and child health centre and much more once the redevelopment is complete.
Why redevelop the Camberwell Community Centre?
Camberwell Community Centre currently operates from two sites that are one kilometre apart. Both are old houses which were not built to function as a community centre, with rooms that are small and poorly laid out for the centre’s purposes. They are difficult to access for those with limited mobility and have limited spaces for programs and activities. As a result, the centre has waiting lists and cannot meet current demand.
To continue to make services available to the community, an improved and purpose-built community centre is needed.
The total cost of this initiative is $8.1 million.
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