A modest community centre at the heart of Hoppers Crossing will receive a new lease on life, with works underway to redevelop Central Park Community Centre.
Wyndham City Mayor Cr Mia Shaw, who also holds the Family Friendly City Portfolio, said the redevelopment would bring the popular community centre into the 21st century.
The Central Park Community Centre was built in 1996, and has for 22 years served as place for members of the community to gather and connect with others.
“After more than two decades, we’re redeveloping the centre to introduce new community spaces for residents and groups, and also broadening the service offering,” Cr Shaw said.
Existing services, she said, will not be affected while works are underway. Construction is expected to wrap up mid-2019.
Cr Shaw said a key component of the redevelopment would be improving the accessibility between indoor and outdoor spaces.
“As many residents would be aware, last year we opened our very first Seniors Exercise Park at Central Park Community Centre. This park is fitted out with equipment tailored to our senior residents, giving them the opportunity to improve their physical fitness, socialise, and improve their mental health,” Cr Shaw said.
The Council hopes the redeveloped community centre will strengthen connections to this popular park. Cr Shaw said the Council last year adopted its Family Friendly City Charter, a strong commitment to putting families at the centre of all decisions made by Council.
“This Charter is a first of its kind in Victoria for local government, and puts families of all shapes, sizes, and ages at the forefront of every decision we make at Council, ensuring that Wyndham is very much a Family Friendly City. The redevelopment of the Central Park Community Centre, and the introduction of the Seniors Exercise Park, are both examples of us abiding by this Charter,” Cr Shaw said.