Blackwood Community Hub and Waite Street Reserve
16 December 2020 Update
City of Mitcham is set to progress plans to build a Blackwood Community Hub to include a Community Centre, Library, Gallery, Maker Space and Toy Library.
At a special Council meeting on Tuesday 15 December, Council endorsed a revised concept design with a maximum budget of $12 million.
Under the design, the existing Community Centre would be demolished to make way for the construction of a new two-storey building to house a library on the ground floor and community space on the first floor.
The design also includes an Information Desk, Kitchen Servery and Library Lounge area.
It does not include the upgrade of Waite Street Reserve, part of the original design concept.
Council will continue to investigate external grant funding options to assist in the development of the hub.
The floor plan and 3-dimensional external designs will be presented to Council in early 2021.
The Blackwood Community Hub and Waite Street Reserve Activation project was endorsed as part of Council’s 2020-21 Annual Business Plan in August.
The project is contingent on external funding of $10 million along with asset sales of the existing Blackwood Library and nursery sites.
The Blackwood Community Hub has the potential to activate and connect the Blackwood community through the development of a new library, community centre and outdoor meeting space.
It will bring together Blackwood Library and Community Centre in a central location that is set to be a vibrant and inviting focal point for our community.
Our vision for Waite Street Reserve is to create a space that caters for all ages with strong connections to the new library and community centre.
An Important Project for Blackwood Village
This project is one amongst a whole series of projects that are occurring in Blackwood. The Blackwood Community Hub will integrate other Council initiatives encouraging activation, pedestrian flow, improved parking, enhanced amenities and economic opportunities for Blackwood.
The City of Mitcham invited feedback from the community on initial plans in 2018.
Further feedback was sought at an Elected Member Designated Informal Gathering Blackwood Community Hub 5 May 2020.
Council invited feedback on two further plans in July 2020.
Consultation on these plans has now closed. To view the results, turn to Page 129 here.
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