New community centre going up

Whittlesea council chief executive Craig Lloyd and Yan Yean MP Lauren Kathage marking the turn of the sod. (supplied)

Sod has turned on the Murnong Community Centre, marking the start of a big development for Donnybrook.

Located at 183 Olivine Boulevard, Donnybrook, the centre will feature two kindergarten rooms and will help meet the need for three- and four-year-old kinder services, while maternal and child health services will be delivered from two consultation suites.

A public lounge featuring a mini-branch library will provide residents with access to Yarra Plenty Regional Library’s extensive catalogue, as well as free Wi-Fi and flexible spaces to work and study.

Organisations, community groups and residents will be able to hold their events or programs in either the large community hall or multipurpose activity rooms.

The centre will have a Changing Places facility to support people with high care needs, and an accessible public toilet available seven days a week.

There will also be a focus on sustainability, with the centre to be equipped with solar panels, a water tank, double glazed windows and other energy efficient materials.

Whittlesea council chair administrator Lydia Wilson said community centres were a vital part of creating connections and reducing isolation in new communities.

“The Murnong Community Centre will be an accessible and inclusive facility providing residents with the support services they need from birth through to their senior years,” she said.

“Having this centre close to home will reduce the need for Donnybrook residents to travel long distances to access essential community services.”

Construction is expected to commence in mid-2024 and the centre completed in 2025.