Saturday, May 25, 2024

Armstrong Creek community centre gets underway


Work on a new community hub for Armstrong Creek has begun, City of Greater Geelong Council has announced.

Adjoining the Armstrong Creek Town Square and shopping precinct, the three-level building will feature a library service, accessible modern facilities, a children’s story time area, multipurpose and creative spaces for community use, and outdoor terraces.

“The Armstrong Creek Library and Community Hub is one of numerous community facilities the City is developing to meet the requirements of the booming Armstrong Creek population, both now and into future,” said Mayor, Peter Murrihy.

“Along with community hubs in both the east and west of the Armstrong Creek growth corridor, this facility will serve a community that is estimated to reach between 55,000 and 65,000.

“Given its central location, and the ease with which it can be accessed by both car and public transport, I believe the Library and Community Hub will become a highly valued community space where people can connect, socialise, learn, and thrive,” he said.

Council has contributed $20.364 million to the development, with the Victorian Government providing $1.5 million through a Living Libraries Grant.

The facility has been designed by Buchan Architects, who worked with the Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation to create a ‘Living Water’ narrative. It is being built by Nicholson Construction.

The Hub will boast the latest environmentally sensitive features and carry a 5-Star Green Star design and construction rating.

“I’m very excited to see this development as this state-of-the-art facility aligns with our vision to be an inclusive, diverse, healthy and socially connected community,” said Geelong Regional Library Corporation chair, Councillor Ron Nelson.

“As the first social infrastructure delivered in the town centre we know this development will quickly become an important gathering place for the entire Armstrong Creek community.”

The project is expected to be completed in early 2024.

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