With the tender now approved, Mayor Greg Cummings says the council is excited about moving through to the construction phase of this vitally important project for the community which should be completed next year.
“This facility will be the centrepiece of the council’s community infrastructure in the area and will serve as a large footprint due to its ease of access through public transport and central location,” he said.
The council expects and will encourage enthusiastic use of the facility by the community as there is much to offer residents and community groups, including: Library and back of house, storage and offices; Art Gallery and multipurpose arts spaces; Community Centre including a large hall and multipurpose rooms, youth facilities and commercial kitchen; New pool entry including café and kiosk areas, storage and amenities facilities; and Multi-sports courts and playground.
“I think our community deserves state-of-the-art community spaces, and I confidently anticipate that this centre will be well received and utilised by the people of Cumberland,” Mayor Cummings said.
“The opportunity that this facility affords for positive and creative community interaction can’t be underestimated.”
The new centre will be integrated with the existing swimming pool complex, which will remain open to the public throughout the construction phase.