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Major capital works in Boroondara

Despite the impacts of COVID-19 in 2020, we have continued to make significant progress on several important projects. In delivering these projects, we are investing in a wide range of environmental sustainability design features to minimise our environmental footprint.

Below are details on projects to improve our highly-valued services and facilities for our community. 

Construction complete

Balwyn Community Centre

The Balwyn Community Centre redevelopment was completed last year, however the centre was unable to reopen due to COVID-19 restrictions. The redevelopment has created a space that meets community needs, with new program areas for arts, crafts, health and wellbeing activities, an occasional childcare centre, an upgraded function centre, recreation zone, upgraded community garden and more. A community event to celebrate the reopening will be held on Saturday 27 March 2021.

Water collected from rainwater tanks is used for flushing toilets, as well as landscape irrigation.  

Ashburton Seniors Centre

We have redesigned and rebuilt the Ashburton Seniors Centre to create a space that is easily accessible, and better suited to deliver activities and services to benefit seniors in our community. Completed in September 2020, the new fit-for-purpose centre is now open.

To reduce indoor air pollutants, at least 95 per cent of all indoor paints, adhesives, sealants, and carpets used, contained low toxic chemicals and meet Green Star credit criteria.  

Upcoming construction

Alamein Neighbourhood and Learning Centre

We are upgrading the Alamein Neighbourhood and Learning Centre to support the delivery of diverse services valued by centre users. A concept plan for the upgrade was developed following community consultation in April and May 2019. Construction is scheduled to start in April 2021 and expected to be completed by early 2022. Services have been relocated to temporary accommodation at 1 Samarinda Avenue, Ashburton during these works.

90 per cent of construction and demolition waste will be diverted from landfill.

For more information visit Alamein Neighbourhood and Learning Centre

Construction underway

Camberwell Community Centre 

Construction is almost complete for this purpose-built facility to help meet the demand for Camberwell’s popular community programs and activities. The bigger and better facility will house all the current services in the one location, consolidating the Leighton and Chambly sites. It will also contain the relocated South Camberwell Maternal and Child Health Centre, providing this service in the heart of Camberwell for the first time.

LED and other high efficiency light fittings are installed throughout to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  

For more information visit Camberwell Community Centre

The Kew Recreation Centre

The Kew Recreation Centre is currently undergoing a major redevelopment, which will transform it into a modern facility suitable for all ages and abilities, and will cater to a wide range of health and wellbeing needs. This project is outlined as a major infrastructure project in the Council budget at an estimated cost of $67.5m, and is supported by the Victorian Government. Demolition of the old facility is almost complete, with construction due to begin in the coming months. The new building is expected to be completed by mid-2023.

Roof mounted solar photovoltaic panels will be installed. It is expected that the aquatic centre will be able to absorb most, if not all of the electricity needed.

For more information visit Kew Recreation Centre

Canterbury Community Precinct

We are redeveloping the existing buildings within the Canterbury Gardens to create a community precinct for early years services and community activities. Works will involve the restoration and upgrade of the former Canterbury Bowling Club pavilion, the Canterbury Maternal and Child Health Centre and the former Canterbury Public Library. It will also include an extension to the former Canterbury Bowling pavilion. These buildings have been designed to provide modern-day facilities while preserving the neighbourhood heritage and character of the precinct. This redevelopment is expected to be complete by mid-late 2022.

95 per cent of the timber purchased will be either green star accredited, sustainably grown or recycled. The timber will be sourced from certified forest schemes.

For more information visit Canterbury Community Precinct