We are creating a new precinct to provide early years services and community programs for all ages in our community.

In addition to the development of a new purpose-built facility, we are redeveloping the 3 historic buildings bordering Canterbury Gardens. These buildings will be renewed internally to include fit-for-purpose, modern facilities while protecting and preserving the neighbourhood heritage and character for future generations to enjoy.  

Works will include internal upgrades and heritage restoration works of the

  • former Canterbury Bowling Club pavilion
  • Canterbury Maternal and Child Health Centre
  • former Canterbury Public Library.

You can watch the latest progress update below from our Maling Ward Councillor, Jane Addis.


Demolition and building works began in early 2021. We expect the new purpose-built main building located on Kendall Street will open its doors to the community in early 2023. 

The following service providers are preparing to move into this brand new facility in early 2023:

  • Canterbury Neighbourhood Centre, including Canterbury Community Garden
  • Canterbury Maternal and Child Health
  • Canterbury Gardens Kindergarten
  • Playstation Occasional Care
  • Canterbury Toy Library.

The redeveloped existing buildings are due to be completed later in 2023. The groups who will move into these revitalised spaces include:

  • Interchange Inner East
  • Canterbury History Group
  • Surrey Hills Historical Society. 

We look forward to welcoming everyone to the new Canterbury Community Precinct and thank the community and service providers for their ongoing support.


Dates Stage Progress update Status
January to September 2019 Service provider consultation We consulted with the service providers to develop a proposed design that will meet the needs of the community and provide service providers with high quality, modern facilities.
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11 October to 10 November 2019 Community consultation The community had the opportunity to provide feedback about the proposed design concept via an online survey and two information sessions.
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April 2020 Plans released We continue to work closely with the service providers who will be housed in the Precinct on the detailed design elements.
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Early 2021 Demolition  Site establishment and demolition works completed. 
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Early 2021 Construction to commence Main building works are now underway. 
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Late 2021 Structural steel Structural steel has been erected.
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Late 2021 Roof trusses Connection of the current structure to the new structure.
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Early 2022 Installation of the roof, wall, cladding and sheeting Works have started
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Mid 2022 Internal fit-out Installation of final amenities.   
Early 2023 Project completion – stage 1 Anticipated project completion time – stage 1  

More about the project

We are building a new purpose-built facility and restoring the historical buildings in Canterbury Gardens, to create a precinct which provides early years services and community programs for all ages in our community.

These important community services currently operate in various locations in Canterbury. Co-locating them in one convenient precinct will ensure the ongoing delivery of high-quality and easily accessible services to the community.

It will provide long-term security for service providers and community groups mentioned above, and assist in building strong connections by co-locating them in a shared space.

The new precinct includes: 

  • a permanent home for the Canterbury Gardens Kindergarten to ensure continued access to an important early years service for families in the community
  • a permanent home for the Canterbury Neighbourhood Centre so they can continue to provide their range of programs and create a central meeting place for the community
  • a dedicated space in the precinct for the Canterbury History Group and the Surrey Hills Historical Society, providing an opportunity for them to securely store and preserve important items for future generations to enjoy
  • underground car parking
  • improvements to the Logan Street underpass to provide a safer travel pathway for the community, as well as increase visibility and direct access to Canterbury Gardens.

The precinct is an $11.7 million initiative and outlined as a major infrastructure project in the Council Budget 2021–22

The Victorian Government is contributing $1.6 million to the project through the Children’s Facilities Capital Program, aimed at providing local families with access great local kindergartens. 

The Victorian Government has also provided an additional grant of $110,000 as part of the Changing Places funding initiative. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we held a virtual celebration to mark the start of construction. View the virtual celebration in the video below.


The total number of on-site car parks has been increased to 45. This is an increase from the 13 formal car parks that are currently on site and 18 informal car parks on the gravel.

The current on-street Permit Zone parking spaces will be retained for use by Precinct staff, volunteers or visitors.

Pedestrian safety

We have included a new pedestrian path from the ground level car park that leads directly to the main foyer to provide a safer and more direct route to the facility. Warning signs will be installed to caution exiting vehicles of pedestrians in area and vice versa.

More information

To receive updates on this project via email, sign up to the Canterbury Community Precinct mailing list.

For more information about the construction of the new precinct, please contact us via [email protected] or call phone (03) 9278 4444.

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