As part of the sub-committee exploring the relocation of North Ringwood Community House, we visited other new and relocated community centres to learn about the processes involved and the cooperation they received from all levels of government.
We first visited The Avenue Community House, which was re-located to Eley Park in Blackburn in refurbished and extended community facilities. The house shares the facilities with the Eley Park Community Association and we discussed the partnerships that have been formed to improve services to the community. The Avenue has a number of similarities with North Ringwood Community House, including that it was formerly located on church land and a new premises was required to allow the house to expand its courses and services.
The second house we visited was The Pines Learning Centre, which includes a community house and Manningham U3A. The building is just over twelve months old and provides comparable rooms and facilities for both groups, although they operate on a largely autonomous basis.
The tour and discussion will assist North Ringwood Community House in planning for its relocation and new facilities. As a councillor and a member of the community of management I am committed to securing a sustainable future for the house and I look forward to working with all levels of government to ensure that this occurs.