The ACT Government has started planning for a future community centre in Woden, which will bring Woden Community Service, currently spread across four locations, under one roof.
Minister for Community Services Chris Steel said Woden is the only town centre without a dedicated, fit-for-purpose community centre, prompting him to bring agencies from across Government together to consider the options for a future community centre in consultation with the community.
Mr Steel now has the responsibility of Community Services, Community Facilities and Community Facilities Land Release under one Ministry within the ACT Government, which will assist in bringing all relevant agencies together to address the issue.
A site for the new community centre has yet to be identified and the Government said its plans will build on the previous feasibility study and the Woden Town Centre Master Plan.
“As Woden’s regeneration continues, a community centre in the town centre to meet the future needs of the area is my priority,” Mr Steel said.
“I have heard from the community that we particularly need to look at how to improve the availability of space for events, the arts, meetings and other community activities.
“Woden Community Service has expanded significantly over recent years and provides much-needed support for children, families, and vulnerable people in Woden and the region.”
The CEO of Woden Community Service, Chris Redmond has welcomed the decision, saying that it would allow for much-needed services, not currently available on the south side, to reside in the new community facility.
“The commitment of Mr Steel to bring this potential development to fruition must also be acknowledged – it demonstrates the benefits of having a Minister in the Murrumbidgee electorate to get things done more decisively,” Mr Redmond said.
“I appreciate the challenges of bringing together different sections of government to coordinate the development of the community service hub. It takes time, patience and perseverance from all stakeholders.”