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Community centre in Donnybrook

A new community centre is planned for Donnybrook. The multipurpose facility will deliver essential services to this fast-growing community.

Background

Donnybrook’s population is expected to grow substantially in the coming years, with the number of residents predicted to increase from just 232 in 2019 to over 52,000 by 2041.

Council is planning ahead and deliver the infrastructure and services residents need, close to home.

Project details

The community centre, which will be located in the Olivine Estate, will cater for the rising demand for three and four-year-old kindergarten programs in the fast-growing north. The centre is set to include two modern kindergarten rooms.

The facility will also include maternal and child health services and feature a community hall and meeting rooms for hire.

Project update

At the Council Meeting on 1 June 2021, Council approved the proposal to build the multi-purpose facility.

At the Council Meeting on 31 January 2022, Council approved the facility inclusions - a two-room kindergarten, maternal and child health consulting suites, a library service, a community hall, as well as flexible spaces for youth programs, social support services, private functions and community group programs and activities.

Work will now start on the detailed design of the facility, which is expected to open in 2025.

Naming the centre

In April 2022, we asked the community to help us name the future community centre in Donnybrook. We received lots of great suggestions! Council's naming committee will now create a shortlist of submitted names for the community to vote on at a later date. Stay tuned! 

Partners

The City of Whittlesea has partnered with the Victorian Government to deliver this facility.

The Victorian Government is providing $2 million from its Growing Suburbs Fund and $709,500 from its Living Libraries Infrastructure Program to support Council’s multi-million investment into the multipurpose facility.