We are creating a health, wellbeing and education precinct for the local Canterbury community.

In mid-2020, internal upgrades and heritage restoration works will commence at the former Canterbury Bowling Club pavilion, the Canterbury Maternal and Child Health Centre and the former Canterbury Public Library building next to Canterbury Gardens. 

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.  

Status

The project is currently in the design phase. We have worked closely with the service providers in the precinct to develop the proposed design. 

Construction is proposed to commence mid-2020.

Have your say

We are now consulting with the community about the proposed design. The consultation ends on Sunday 10 November 2019. 

To view the proposed design and to have your say, see the New Canterbury Community Precinct consultation page.

About the project

We are restoring existing buildings in Canterbury Gardens to create a precinct that meets the current and future health, wellbeing and education needs of 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, Balwyn and Surrey Hills Historical Societies.

Features of the new precinct

The new precinct will include: 

  • a permanent home for the kindergarten to ensure continued access to an important early years service for families in the community, as their current accommodation arrangements do not extend beyond 2020
  • 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 three historical societies, 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.

Budget

The precinct is an $11.7 million initiative and outlined as a major infrastructure project in the Council Budget 2019-20

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. 

Timeline

When Stage Progress update
July to September 2019 Service provider consultation We consulted with all service providers to discuss a collaborative approach to working in the new shared space.
11 October to 10 November 2019 Community consultation The community have the opportunity to provide feedback about the proposed design concept via an online survey and two information sessions.
Mid-2020 Construction to commence  

More information

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

For more information, please contact Hannah Martin on 9278 4646 at [email protected].

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