Published in the Warrandyte Diary
The new-look community centre recently opened for business to a warm reception from the Warrandyte community. Warrandyte embraced the new facility, particularly the library which experienced an amazing flow of traffic and 1,968 loans in its first week.
The centre has had a $2.6 million overhaul and now offers the brand new library facility as well as updated accommodation for the Lions Op Shop, Neighbourhood House, Information Warrandyte and the Diary. There are also newly created community function and meeting rooms.
Manningham Council officially opened the centre with a cocktail event last month, where tenants, government representatives and community user groups were invited to experience the new facility.
Manningham Mayor Jennifer Yang described the completed project as “an outstanding result”. Addressing the gathered community members she said, “Like the residents, I watched with interest how the development changed in form and waited patiently for it to open its doors, and I can honestly say it was worth the wait”.
State MP Ryan Smith congratulated all those involved as well as Manningham Council’s inclusive approach in “having so much community input into the design”.
Mr Smith said, “Warrandyte people have very high expectations of new structures in their community”. He acknowledged the architects for meeting community expectations and achieving an outcome which is “in keeping with the surrounds”.
Addressing former Diary editor Cliff Green, who had been instrumental in supporting the development and particularly the library facility, Mr Smith said: “Cliff, I think you’ll be glad you’re not the only one who is rapt to have a new library in Warrandyte, that you were so keen on.”
Mr Smith said: “It’s a fantastic outcome and I certainly look forward to, not just our community groups enjoying this as their new home but, to us all getting together here and continuing to develop the fellowship we have here in Warrandyte.”
Ms Yang described the community centre as having been “very important over the past 22 years” and referred to the completed project as “the spiritual heart of the community”.
The Warrandyte Community Centre will be celebrated with a Community Open Day on Saturday 19 October between 11am and 3pm. A wide array of children’s activities, arts and crafts, information displays, food and drinks stalls and local entertainment will be on offer. There will also be guided tours and musical performances including roving entertainers, the Teskey Brothers.
- For more information visit http://www.manningham.vic.gov.au