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

These buildings will be renewed internally to include fit-for-purpose, modern facilities while protecting and preserving the neighbourhood heritage and character of the buildings 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

This also includes the development of a new, purpose-built facility.


Demolition and building works began in early 2021 and we are expecting the project to be completed by mid-2023.

Stage 1 of the build is progressing well, and the following service providers are preparing to move into their new home in the coming months:

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

Stage 2 of the build, closest to Canterbury Road, is due for completion by mid-2023. The services and community groups who will move into this revitalised space 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.

You can watch the latest construction update below from our Mayor, Councillor Jane Addis.


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 Anticipated project completion time.  

About the project

We are restoring 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. Relocating and combining 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 assist in building strong connections by co-locating them in a shared space.

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 and the Surrey Hills Historical Society.

The new precinct includes: 

  • a permanent home for the 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 and access all in the lovely former Canterbury library 
  • 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 the 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. 


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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