New names revealed
To guide the process of naming the North East Community Hub (NECH) (working title) and the new neighbourhood house, library and community rooms, the history of the local area and the North Balwyn RSL sub-branch were researched. Council’s Naming of Council Properties Policy 2011 also provides guidance about the importance of names creating a “sense of place”.
‘Greythorn Community Hub’ was selected as the official name for the NECH, as the local community strongly identifies with the name Greythorn, which dates back to the 1920s. This will increase the profile of Greythorn as a destination for community services and shopping. The new library will be called Greythorn Library Lounge.
Other services and facilities in the hub have been named as follows:
- Trentwood @ the Hub – the onsite neighbourhood house. ‘Trentwood’ has a strong connection to the local area (e.g. Trentwood Avenue and Trentwood Estate)
- Whitethorn Room – a meeting room adjacent to the library. ‘Whitethorn’ is an historical name for the area
- Williams Room – a multipurpose room named after Air Marshal Sir Richard Williams KBE CB DSO, who served in both WWI and WWII, and is regarded as the father of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). He resided in Balwyn North and passed away in 1980. The Williams room was named in consultation with the North Balwyn RSL and RSL Victoria
- Foard Room – a multipurpose room named after Graham and Gwenda Foard, President and Secretary of the North Balwyn RSL. Graham and Gwenda have made a significant in-kind contribution to the development of the Hub and RSL memorabilia project.
Construction of the Greythorn Community Hub (formerly North East Community Hub) is tracking well, with the project now well past the halfway point. To mark this milestone, watch the timelapse video to get a sneak peak of the progress so far.
Nearly 800 residents in Balwyn, Balwyn North and Deepdene provided feedback to help shape the services and activities available at the hub.
A group of community ambassadors are championing the project and provide community input. Watch the video below to hear what some of our community ambassadors think of the progress and what they’re most looking forward to once the hub opens.
About the project
The Greythorn Community Hub (formerly North East Community Hub) will be a convenient, one-stop destination where local residents and visitors can access much-needed community services, programs and activities including:
- North Balwyn RSL and the memorabilia collection
- Greythorn Maternal and Child Health Centre
- a Neighbourhood House with community programs for all ages
- community meeting spaces, including a large multipurpose function room
- Greythorn Early Childhood Centre and Kindergarten, and new occasional care service
- Allied Health and counselling services
- a library lounge for book pick-ups and drop-offs, access to computers, WiFi, community information and library programs.
Located close to the bus stop and the Greythorn shops, the hub will also have an underground car park. A new public park is being created on the corner of Centre Way and Trentwood Avenue for everyone to enjoy. The North Balwyn RSL will use the park to host Anzac Day ceremonies.
This exciting $17.2 million project was made possible thanks to the North Balwyn RSL sub-branch offering land to Council on a long-term lease. We gratefully acknowledge the Australian Government’s $3.2 million contribution through the National Stronger Regions Fund.
Construction vehicles are accessing the site from Centre Way via Doncaster Road, which has reduced access to Centre Way while building is underway.
During construction, the following services have been temporarily relocated:
- Find the North Balwyn RSL at the North Balwyn Bowls Club, 60 Buchanan Avenue, North Balwyn.
- Find the Greythorn Early Childhood Centre and Kindergarten at the former Balwyn Leisure Centre, 230 Balwyn Road, North Balwyn. Buses run along Belmore and Balwyn roads.
- Find the Greythorn Maternal and Child Health Centre nurse at the Maternal and Child Health centres in Balwyn, North Balwyn and Minifie Park. For appointments, phone 9278 4606.
You can receive regular email updates on the Greythorn Community Hub (formerly North East Community Hub).
You can also read the latest project bulletins:
For more information, email Fiona Brown, Community Planning, or phone 9278 4476.