The Maroondah Journal has reported on the completion of North Ringwood Community House’s feasibility study into its relocation.
Mayor Alex Makin said the new site would allow the house to be part of a community house.
“The house is calling on Council to commit to a master plan, which will explore the needs of current users, as well as looking at the needs of North Ringwood Community House.”
The study, which was funded through the State Government, Maroondah City Council and North Ringwood Community House, has recommended Norwood Reserve in Warrandyte Road as the preferred site.
The masterplan will enable Council to develop and holistic approach to Norwood Reserve and the existing facilities. The site is home to a number of organisations, including the North Ringwood Senior Citizens, Enjoying Planned Retirement, Ringwood U3A, the Ringwood Arts Society, the Ringwood Historical Society and the North Ringwood Children’s Community Centre.
“The house is not located on council land so it restricts the house’s ability to apply for infrastructure grants, not only through council but other levels of government. This puts them at a severe disadvantage.”
“As a result the house hasn’t been able to expand and that’s really restricted their ability to introduce programs.”
With the changing character of Ringwood and Ringwood North it is imperative that facilities are able to meet the diverse needs of our municipality. The feasibility study underpins the importance of the relocation to meet these community needs.