The City of Boroondara is restoring and preserving 3 existing buildings to provide a new community precinct for Canterbury.

In the second half of 2020, heritage restoration works will commence at the former Canterbury Bowling pavilion, the Canterbury Maternal and Child Health Centre and former Canterbury Public Library building in the Canterbury Gardens to create a precinct for early years services and neighbourhood programs for all ages and abilities.

Internal structures will be renewed to include fit-for-purpose, modern facilities, while restorations to the buildings will protect and preserve the neighbourhood heritage and character for future generations to enjoy. 

Services in the precinct will include:

  • Canterbury Maternal and Child Health
  • Canterbury Norwood Baptist Kindergarten 
  • Playstation Occasional Care
  • Canterbury Toy Library  
  • Canterbury Community Garden
  • Interchange Inner East
  • Canterbury Neighbourhood Centre
  • Canterbury History Group, Balwyn and Surrey Hills Historical Societies.

“These important community services currently operate in various locations in Canterbury. Relocating and combining them in one convenient precinct will ensure the ongoing delivery of high quality and easily accessible community services”, said Mayor Cr Jane Addis.

The new precinct will provide spaces for service providers, which will assist them to build stronger connections with the community by co-locating them in a shared space. 

Space has been allocated for the Canterbury Norwood Baptist Kindergarten and the Canterbury Neighbourhood Centre. Both services had unsecure accommodation arrangements previously and Council is providing a permanent home for them.

A new building, designed to respect the precinct’s heritage character, will link up to the old bowls building to provide a larger area for early years services.

“Council is very pleased to be able to provide a permanent home for the Canterbury Neighbourhood House so that our community can continue to attend programs and activities in a new, fit-for-purpose space”, said Cr Addis.

The Canterbury Neighbourhood House had to relocate from its former home at the Canterbury Baptist Church and has been temporarily located at BASSCare.

Council will host an open day on Sunday 27 October from 10am to 12pm where residents can learn about the services included in precinct, view the proposed designs and have their say, as well as a drop in session on Wednesday 30 October from 2pm to 4pm. Feedback can also be submitted via the New Canterbury Community Precinct consultation page. 

Council will continue to work with community service providers and the local community to develop final designs for the Canterbury Community Precinct. Construction is proposed to commence in mid-2020.

The Canterbury Community Precinct is an $11.7 million initiative and represents a major infrastructure project for Council to deliver. The Victorian Government is contributing $1.6 million of funding to the project through the Children’s Facilities Capital Program in recognition of the importance of delivering early years services.

For more information, see New Community Precinct in Canterbury.