As part of the implementation of the Community Hub Strategy, Council resolved to undertake building upgrade works on two existing Council buildings in Drouin, the Drouin Senior Citizens Hall and the former Playgroup Building, located at 1 and 2 Oak Street Drouin.
A larger multi use function space has also been included in the Bellbird Park Pavilion project as part of the Strategy.
These works aim to update these existing facilities to provide additional accessibility a well as flexibility for broader community access and use by creating additional meeting rooms and gathering spaces.
Stage one of the project, upgrades to the former playgroup building, have now been completed. The works undertaken in this stage included:
The completed entrance to the building
The new foyer and kitchen area
The new compliant toilet facilities
Stage two of the project, upgrades to the Senior Citizens Hall at 1 Oak Street in Drouin commenced in November 2022. Works that have taken place between November and February include:
Works that are scheduled to take place over the next two months:
Works are currently scheduled to be completed in April 2023.
Senior Citizens Hall Upgrades
Upgrades at the Drouin Senior Citizens Hall aim to improve safety and accessibility throughout the building, as well as general building improvements to address ageing infrastructure.
1 Oak Street Floor Plan
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Upgrades at the former Playgroup Building aim to improve safety and accessibility around the entry, as well as general building improvements to address ageing infrastructure.
2-4 Oak Street Floorplan
$660,000 has been allocated in Council’s 2021/22 annual budget to deliver the upgrades.
Local contractor James G Morrison Builders have been awarded the works which are expected to commence mid to late July 2022 and conclude in April 2023.
The works will be staged to minimise impact on existing user groups and tenants in these buildings:
Important note: An alternate venue will be arranged for the continuation of Senior Citizens activities while the Senior Citizens Hall is under works, with details to be provided here once confirmed.
Community consultation was held during June/July 2020 specifically relating to options for a Community Hub in Drouin. Feedback received provided important input into further analysis of potential community hub sites, including the facilities and functions to be provided and how their development can be staged.
Following the consultation period, adoption of the endorsed scope and budget allocation by Council, key stakeholders were engaged to inform the development of designs for construction.
For more information about the Community Hub Strategy go to Connecting Communities Through Spaces.
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