Construction on a new multi-purpose centre in Lake Macquarie looks set to begin this year after receiving the green light from the state government’s Regional Planning Panel.
The centre in Windale will feature a high-tech library, modern community spaces and a flexible layout, which will allow the community to connect, learn and create.
Lake Macquarie Mayor Kay Fraser said the facility would create a centrepiece for the rapidly-changing suburb.
“The existing library and community hall have served Windale well for more than 60 years, but they are certainly ready for an update,” she said.
“This project will provide a central community hub that has long-term community benefits as a key meeting place and activity centre for Windale and provide the valuable services that local residents want and need.”
Lake Macquarie City Council has actively engaged with residents over the past three years in order to meet the needs and expectations of the community.
The building design features a range of adaptable spaces, including a large community hall and activity room for gatherings and functions, as well as smaller meeting rooms that are sound-proofed to enable their use as a recording studio, and several office spaces.
Manager Arts Culture and Tourism Jacqui Hemsley added the council was launching the Windale Community Hall Memories Project to coincide with construction and celebrate the history of the existing hall.
“To acknowledge and celebrate the history of the hall, we are asking our community to share their memories of this well-loved facility,” Ms Hemsley said.
Locals are encouraged to upload photos and memorabilia and share memories at the council’s website.
Memories supplied as part of the project may be published on the council’s local history website or incorporated into a public artwork in the new facility.
The multi-purpose centre, identified in the Charlestown Development Contributions Catchment Plan, will be funded by development contributions and proceeds from the sale of council-owned land at Bennetts Green.
In addition to the centre, the suburb is set to welcome another new space with construction commencing on a flow-style skate park at Bahloo Reserve in the coming months.
The project is expected to double the size of the former skate park.