Flinders Community Hub construction full steam ahead
Published on 05 April 2022
Construction is set to begin this month on the new $4.9M state of the art Flinders Community Hub.
The facility will be home to a wide variety of community groups and services including: Flinders Art Show, Flinders Arts Group, Flinders Community Association, Flinders Lions, Flinders Probus and Flinders RSL. Classes for older adult exercise, pilates, Yoga classes and other activities.
The Flinders Community Hub is the redevelopment of the existing Flinders Civic Hall. Some redesign features to be included in the new Hub are:
- Multipurpose hall with elevated stage and designated storage area and unisex change room facilities.
- Large terrace providing better connections to the outdoor precinct area.
- Two multipurpose rooms for a range of community programs and activities.
- Improved all accessibility inclusions including a dual access Changing Places amenity (the first dual-access amenity on the Peninsula), all access ramps at the entrance, inside the facility and throughout the precinct and carparking.
- Environmentally sustainable design, including: strong energy efficiency, solar measures, and improved indoor environment quality through access to sunlight, ventilation, and reduced pollution.
As part the construction, the car parking bays at the front of the existing hall on Cook Street will be unavailable for the duration of the build to accommodate the builder’s site compound.
Construction is expected to be completed by mid-2023.
To stay up to date about the Flinders Community Hub visit mornpen.vic.gov.au/flinderscommunityhub
Background information about the Flinders Civic Hall redevelopment
The current Flinders Civic Hall (located at Cook Street, Flinders) was first opened in 1966 and is in poor condition and in need of significant improvement.
In 2020 the Shire began working on the detailed design for the Flinders Community Hub. During this time, we worked closely with the community and current and future user groups to ensure the design would meet their needs.
In September 2020, the Shire received $2.25 million towards the Flinders Civic Hall redevelopment through the State Government’s expanded Growing Suburbs Fund.
In 2019/20, Council allocated $200,000 to progress the design phase and will provide the remaining funding to a total project budget of $5.2M for this exciting development.
In early 2021, the Shire was also successful in our application to receive a total of $110,000 in funding from the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing. These grants are part of a $2.5m investment to expand the Changing Places network in Victoria.