Thursday, February 21, 2013

belgrave hub survey out

Residents from Belgrave and surrounds will have received a survey in the mail for the proposed Belgrave Multi-purpose Hub Development.  The survey has been distributed to just under 8,000 residents and I'm keen to hear local views on the proposal. The survey is also available online here.

The proposed multi purpose building would be a focal point for the western entry into Belgrave (opposite St Thomas Mores). The hub will form part of Council’s Community Hubs strategy to develop high quality, multi-use, accessible community facilities that offer a range of programs and activities.

We anticipate the building hosting a whole range of services for the Belgrave and hills community which are currently being run at a variety of locations including the Tin Shed, Dandenong Ranges Emergency Relief, Youth Services and Inspiro buildings.

A hub will bring everything together in the one place making it much easier for people to access the services they need.

Plans include community meeting rooms which can be hired out by individuals and groups. Outside there will be a community garden and an outdoor art space in a community park setting that reflects the Dandenong Ranges environment.

If you'd like to know more you can talk to council about the plans at two local drop in sessions being held next week.
Council Staff will be available outside the Commonwealth Bank on Burwood Highway on Thursday 28 February from 3pm until 5pm. 

They will also be at the Safeway Supermarket on Burwood Hwy on Friday 1 March from 10am until 12pm.

The two drop in dates will just be part of our consultation process along with the survey. Please note due date to return the survey is Friday 15 March.

Community hubs have already been constructed at Yarra Junction, Healesville and Monbulk with plans underway for a hub in conjunction with Japara Community House in Durham Rd Kilsyth and Kimberley Drive, Chirnside Park.
Yarra Ranges Council and Inspiro (former Ranges Community Health) are conducting the feasibility study on developing a multi-purpose building in Belgrave.

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