North Ringwood Community House, is based at 120 Oban Road in Ringwood North and is currently not situated on council land. This limits its ability to secure grants and has resulted in facilities that are unable to meet modern needs.
The Community House recently completed a feasibility study into its relocation, with the report suggesting Norwood Reserve, along Warrandyte in Ringwood North as the preferred location.
The Maroondah Leader has provided an update on the feasibility study and the next steps for this project:
Mayor Alex Makin said council officers would assess the proposed relocation and consult with user groups and report to the council in July.
State and federal funding would be needed, he said.
The community hub proposal will cost several million dollars and as such requires a partnership between local, state and federal governments. The location of Norwood Reserve, would mean that the needs of the existing community groups, including North Ringwood Seniors, Enjoying Planned Retirement, Ringwood U3A, Ringwood Historical Society, Ringwood Arts Society and the North Ringwood Community Children’s Centre, could all be addressed through this project.
Council will be further discussing this proposal in July once an initial assessment has been undertaken. This assessment will consider traffic and building ramifications, as well as initial consultation with existing user groups that are already on the site.