The brand new Barry Road Community Activity Centre was reopened this week, 18 months after it was closed for a multi-million dollar renovation.
The project included a new kitchen, increasing the size of the hall and meeting rooms to cope with growing community demand.
City of Whittlesea Mayor Kris Pavlidis and Thomastown MP Brownyn Halfpenny officially opened the refurbished centre on Thursday 1 February.
Cr Pavlidis said the new centre provided more opportunities for the community to book the venue for meetings and special occasions.
“Barry Road CAC is such a busy space, and home to many community groups – including seniors, dancing and multicultural groups,” she said.
“The centre is also home to Council’s Social Support Program, where walls have been painted a range of bright vibrant colours to give the greatest benefit to participants with memory loss.”
The colourful walls will assist participants in remembering which room their activity is in, and has the added benefit of creating a warm and inviting environment for all users.
Barry Road Community Activity Centre was funded with $2.6 million grant from the State Government’s Interface Growth Fund (now the Growing Suburbs Fund) and $1.6 million from Council.