Federal Richmond MP Justine Elliot opened the long-awaited Murwillumbah Community Centre on Saturday.
The new centre is located adjacent to the existing community centre in Knox Park. The building will comprise public meeting spaces, an indoor/outdoor area for playgroups, offices for community services and a youth centre.
‘This project has been more than 10 years in the planning and as a member of the centre’s management committee for some years, it’s gratifying to be here at the official opening of this important community infrastructure,’ Tweed mayor Barry Longland said at the opening.
The sod was finally turned in 2010 after the federal government promised to kick in $2 million to the $3.1 million cost of construction.
The rest of the tab was picked up by Tweed Shire Council ($649,000), Lions Club of Murwillumbah ($300,000) and NSW state government ($100,000).
The new building will provide more office spaces for not-for-profit and non-government organisations involved in community work, a one-stop shop for a wide range of community services, a secure indoor/outdoor play area and a youth area for training and activities.
Murwillumbah Community Centre Inc (MCC) manager, Wendy Constantine, said MCC staff were excited to be moving into such a large, well-equipped centre, especially after working for so many years in the cramped conditions next door.
‘Due to lack of space, we haven’t had the capacity to run many programs in the old building, so the new centre enables us to expand on our services and is an opportunity for other community groups to utilise the large meeting rooms to run their own activities for the community to enjoy,’ Ms Constantine said.
‘The new centre is a fantastic resource for the community and will mean a lot to many people.
‘It will be a place where they can meet other people, attend a program or activity, or somewhere where they can access information or support from a range of services all under the one roof,’ she said.
Not-for-profit community services who have taken up tenancy offers include the Northern Rivers Community Legal Service, The Family Centre Community Projects, the Northern Rivers YWCA, Ostara Employment Services, Epic Employment Services, Correctional Services and Salvation Army Welfare Services.
In addition, St Joseph’s Youth Service and NORTEC’s Youth Pathways program will move into the youth space, offering programs, services and activities.
It has been a busy week for Ms Elliot, who also attended the opening of the Murwillumbah Men’s Shed on Thursday.
The federal government provided $5,000 for Murwillumbah and $4,996 for the Tweed Heads Men’s Shed.
[image] Murwillumbah Community Centre chair Brian Hills, centre manager Wendy Constantine, Tweed mayor Barry Longland and federal Richmond MP Justine Elliot at the community centre opening on Saturday.