Drouin Community Hub

Background

The need for Community Hubs, particularly in Drouin, was identified as a key community priority in the development of the Baw Baw Shire Council Plan 2017-21.

Drouin’s population grew by 27 per cent between the 2011 and 2016 census dates, and Baw Baw Shire is Victoria’s third fastest growing regional centre. Social infrastructure has not matched this rate of growth and community engagement has identified a lack of spaces where people and groups can meet and hold events in Drouin.

Situation Analysis

Drouin has a higher proportion of disengaged young people and a higher rate of migration than other communities within the shire. Drouin’s anticipated growth will further emphasise the need for a community gathering place as new residents move to the town and seek to make meaningful connections.

Council is currently finalising its Community Hub Strategy, co-designed with the community. Possible features for a Community Hub include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Library
  • Early childhood centre
  • Sporting facilities
  • Arts and culture
  • Community meeting space
  • Youth programs

Initial community feedback has established that the Community Hub should be an inclusive, multi-use facility with a diverse offering of services and activities. It could be a place that residents can source information and access health services, youth services and aged care. Council considers Community Hubs important social infrastructure vital to the ongoing wellbeing of its residents.

What is Needed?

A new Community Hub, able to provide a variety of services, centrally located in Drouin.

Cost

$10-12m

There will be additional costs