Nunawading Community Hub is Complete!

Whitehorse News - September 2020

The City of Whitehorse has officially opened the new Nunawading Community Hub. The hub brings together 30 community groups, clubs, and services under one roof.

City of Whitehorse Mayor, Councillor Sharon Ellis said that the new hub has transformed the former Nunawading Primary School site into a brilliant new community facility.

“This is one of Council’s most exciting and ambitious initiatives to date. It will ensure we have quality facilities to support and serve our community for years to come,” said Cr Ellis.

“The hub is the new home of Council’s Meals on Wheels service. It will also be home to a multitude of other community groups, clubs and associations. The groups are well established in our community and have benefited our residents for years.

“There’s also a range of migrant, health, disability, counselling and mental health services. Establishing one hub ensures our local community has access to high-quality support services close to home.

“This is a fantastic place to gather together and strengthen local connections. It’s a place where our residents can benefit from a diverse array of community groups, interests and quality services.”

“I thank and commend all the staff who’ve worked on this from across Whitehorse City Council and the team from FJMT architects and Ireland Brown Construction. You have all done a wonderful job in building the new contemporary facility and restoring the heritage school building to its former glory.

Spaces for Learning and Getting Active

The hub has 14 different-sized, multipurpose spaces designed to accommodate a diverse range of activities and interests.

These spaces include:

  • two large, inter-connected studios with wooden sprung floors for dance activities, functions, conferences and other events
  • seven multipurpose studios for art and other hands-on learning
  • five rooms for meetings and classrooms for passive learning activities
  • a full-size stadium with wooden sprung floor able to host competition basketball, badminton (three courts) and other recreational activities.

Spaces at the hub are available to book, subject to availability.

A Fully Accessible Site

The hub site is designed to ensure that people of all ages and abilities can access the various indoor and outdoor spaces. The building has wide corridors, a lift, internal ramp connecting the ground and upper ground levels and mobility scooter parking near the lift.

A ‘Green’ Facility

Council are applying for a 5-star Green Star rating. Some of its ecologically-sustainable design features include solar renewable energy for lighting and hot water heating, rainwater harvesting for toilet flushing, double insulation in the roof cavity, double-glazing, LED lighting, and use of natural and durable materials such as timbers and concrete with recycled content.

Heritage Building Restored

The heritage building has been carefully restored to its former glory with windows and wooden flooring matching the original school building.

Hub Operations

Although the hub will be officially opened, public use of the facility will be in line with COVID-19 restriction. This means that the hub may not able to open at all for a period of time or there will be restrictions on the number of people who can be inside the facility at any one time.

When open during COVID-19 restrictions, access to the hub will be limited to those with a booking or attending a class.

Extensive Landscaping Complements Parkland Setting

The outdoor recreation area has been planted with more than 20 trees, including eight Lemon Scented Gums, Maple Trees and some Chinese Pistachios, which will create beautiful Autumn colour.

Two Japanese Elms, and a small group of Moss White Silver Birch are located at the front of the site near the heritage building.

Several large planter boxes, for future vegetable and herb planting, have been installed near the outdoor recreation space with four citrus species – lemon, mandarin, orange and lime – planted as a backdrop to the boxes.