South Hobart community centre set for major upgrade

FOLLOWING 50 years of “making do” there will soon be a new community centre at the heart of South Hobart.

The City of Hobart and the South Hobart Progress Association were able to fund the redevelopment through a grant from the Tasmanian Community Fund.

Hobart Lord Mayor Anna Reynolds said the new centre would bring people together, help them form friendships and social support networks, and provide an open and accessible space for early childhood, youth and adult interest groups from the community.

“The centre will also have the potential for a future role as an additional recovery centre for emergency situations like the May 2018 floods and February 2019 bushfires,” she said.

The project was initiated by a community-led group of volunteers who came together to work towards improving the facility.

During extensive consultation conducted in November 2017, the community members expressed the need for an open, accessible and inclusive multi-purpose centre for all age groups to promote social connection and wellbeing.

The new centre will open out to the park to make it more inviting and transparent to the public.

The existing facilities and amenities will also be upgraded, with the existing tree being incorporated into the new design.

The redevelopment will commence in August 2019 and is expected to be completed in autumn 2020.

For more information, visit www.hobartcity.com.au/southhobartcommunitycentre.

Caption: Martin Schmidt, City of Hobart senior architect, showing the new design for the South Hobart Community Centre at the information session held in February. Photo credit: City of Hobart.