New community hub works now underway

THE City of Hobart has commenced work on a new project within the Soldiers Memorial Oval Precinct on the Queens Domain that will deliver improved visitor facilities and create a community hub.

Residents, visitors and community groups will all benefit from these latest works, which form part of the third stage of a five-stage project contained within the Council’s Queens Domain Master Plan 2015.

Hobart Lord Mayor Sue Hickey said the new community hub would further “enliven the area” with community-focused facilities to complement the very popular sporting venue.

“Works will include a community wood-fired pizza oven, public amenities and a new nature-based play-scape including picnic facilities,” she said.

“The nature-based play-scape will be a wonderful centrepiece, catering for children of differing ages and abilities”

Stages one and two of the project, which are now complete, have included the reinstatement of 36 trees along Soldiers Memorial Avenue, the upgrade of car park facilities and the construction of a multi-purpose sporting pavilion, the William Keith Eltham Pavilion.

Chairman of the Council’s Parks and Recreation Committee Alderman Anna Reynolds said significant community engagement had occurred, particularly on the development of the Queens Domain Master Plan in 2015.

“More recently, we worked closely with and involved the community in the design of the play-scape and other facilities,” she said.

“Local school children and community groups were thrilled to be involved in helping to design this and we loved having their input.

“We can’t wait for it to be built, as it’s going to be a great new community facility that works in beautifully with the surrounding landscape.

“This is going to be a place that the whole of Hobart can be proud of.”

The project, due to be completed by early 2018, will cost $2.2 million and is funded by the City of Hobart and the Australian Government through the ANZAC Centenary Fund.

It is also supported by the Tasmanian Government’s Centenary of ANZAC Program.

Caption: Proposed activity zones for the $2.2 million development project at the Soldiers Memorial Oval Precinct on the Queens Domain.