Whitehorse City Council

Nunawading Community Hub

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About the Project

Whitehorse City Council is transforming the former Nunawading Primary School site into a vibrant community hub; a place where people of all ages and backgrounds feel welcome and can come together to embrace new opportunities for learning, social interaction and getting active.

Council bought the Springvale Road site from the state government for $6 million in mid-2015, with the intention of retaining the land for the continued enjoyment and benefit of the entire community. Since then, Council has cleaned up and improved security on the site, and has been working with project architects Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp and key stakeholders on development of the concept plan. Community groups and Council’s Meals on Wheels service currently operating out of Silver Grove Nunawading will move into the hub when it opens.

Comprising a multi-functional community facility, a refurbished heritage school building and multipurpose stadium, the facility will have flexible spaces and integrate with the surrounding parkland to allow both indoor and outdoor leisure pursuits. The school building will form a key focal point of the new facility, ensuring the rich history of the site’s use as a school is preserved for future generations.

The design phase is currently underway with construction to occur from mid-2018 to late 2019.

The site will remain fully enclosed throughout the project to ensure the safety and amenity of the local community.

The project budget is set at $28 million and will be fully funded by Council over three financial years.

Concept Design

The concept design has been developed based on feedback received from Silver Grove user groups. Taking account of the entire Tunstall Park precinct, the concept design also reflects Council’s strategic planning for the area in meeting the needs of the broader community well into the future.

Key features of the concept plan include:

  • refurbished heritage school building
  • multi-functional classrooms and meeting rooms
  • specially-fitted out spaces for dance, art, counselling and lapidary activities
  • purpose-built Meals on Wheels facility
  • communal kitchen with teaching area
  • multipurpose sports stadium
  • target 5 Star Green Star Rating (incorporating solar renewable energy, rainwater harvesting, natural light, low energy lighting, natural & durable materials)
  • car park with a total of 200+ car parking spaces
  • integration with Tunstall Park – landscaping, enhancement of open green spaces, new pedestrian and cycling paths, and areas for passive recreation

Community Learns About Nunawading Community Hub Project

More than 150 local people attended the Nunawading Community Hub Community Information Day held at the former Nunawading Primary School site on Saturday 25 November.

The event provided an opportunity for local residents and other members of the Whitehorse community to meet with the project team, architects and Councillors and some of the Silver Grove, Nunawading community groups which will move into the hub when it opens in late 2019. Community members were able to view project plans, discuss the project construction phase and have any questions about the project answered.

Overall, feedback received from the community was extremely positive.

Residents were happy about:

  • the integration of the hub with the adjoining Tunstall Park
  • the preservation of the heritage school building
  • new community-use facilities such as barbecue areas, linked paths and landscaped areas
  • the new learning and social opportunities the hub would create

Car parking and the site entry off Esdale Street were an issue for some residents who were concerned about the potential impact from traffic. It was explained that VicRoads, as the road authority, determined the entry to the hub via Esdale Street as the safest option given the traffic flow and sight lines along the Springvale Road boundary.

Council has worked closely with traffic engineers to determine the appropriate number of car parking spaces needed on site and to minimise any potential on-street parking in Esdale Street.


For more information email nunawadingcommunityhub@whitehorse.vic.gov.au or call the project team on 9894 0356.


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