The new Canterbury Community Precinct will bring a range of services for children, families and people living with a disability into one convenient location.
Currently, several of these important services are operating at different locations in Canterbury, in buildings that are not all built for their current purpose, restricting operations.
The precinct is an $11.7 million initiative and is outlined as a major infrastructure project in Council’s Proposed Budget 2019-20. The Victorian Government is also contributing $1.6 million to the project.
About the Canterbury Community Precinct
Located in the Canterbury Gardens, the precinct will provide the community with high quality and inclusive services through a purpose-built facility which will also include on-site parking.
Combining these services on the one site will:
- ensure the community has easy access to all facilities and services
- greatly improve the continuity of care available for early years services
- prove to be an effective use of resources and infrastructure.
The Canterbury Neighbourhood Centre will also offer a diverse range of programs at the precinct, including creative arts, language and literature classes and much more.
The precinct will include:
- Canterbury Maternal and Child Health Centre
- 3 and 4 year old kindergarten
- Playstation Occasional Care
- Canterbury Area Toy Library
- Interchange Inner East
- Canterbury Neighbourhood Centre
- Canterbury History Group
- Balwyn and Surrey Hills Historical Societies
- Canterbury Community Gardens.
Both the kindergarten and the Canterbury Neighbourhood House currently operate in close proximity to the proposed Canterbury Precinct site. Co-locating these services will provide long term security for local services and will create service pathways that currently do not exist.
When the precinct is complete, the residents of Canterbury and surrounding areas will have a place to belong, a place to connect and a place to support the needs of their families.
We are consulting with service providers to discuss a collaborative approach to working in the new shared space.
We are currently preparing the concept design and the community will have the opportunity to provide feedback in the coming months.
It is estimated that construction will begin mid-2020.
If you have any further questions on the Canterbury Community Precinct, please contact Stephanie Leggett, Family, Youth and Recreation at [email protected] or Hannah Martin, Family, Youth and Recreation at [email protected]