The Community Centre will provide office space for a number of community and family service programs, in addition to training rooms, activity rooms and interview rooms for visiting clients, as well as an indoor-outdoor secure play area. A youth centre will also be incorporated within the building.
Funding includes a $1.5 million 2010 election commitment by Labor along with $551,000 secured from the Regional and Local Community Infrastructure program.
The final project will cost $3.1 million.
Ms Elliot said, ‘On completion the facility will provide an affordable, accessible and safe community centre offering extended programs and services including increased access to support services for locals through the provision of appropriate spaces and programs.’
The new Community Centre will be located at the site of the existing building at Knox Park and construction is expected to be completed by September 2012.
Image: Mr Brian Hill (Chair; Murwillumbah Centre management), Cr Barry Longland, Justine Elliot MP, Mr Greg Adams (President Lions Club of Murwillumbah) turning the first sod of the long-awaited Community Centre.