Published on 18 August 2023

Aberfoyle Community Centre plans revealed

New concept plans have been revealed for a $1.5 million expansion of the popular Aberfoyle Community Centre.

The expansion is funded through a Community Infrastructure Grant from the Department of Infrastructure and Transport with the support of Erin Thompson, Member for Davenport.

It will include a new flexible room suitable for dance and other “messy” activities, a youth pod, an arts studio space (which will include new pottery kilns and wheels), and a centralised outdoor area for informal gathering.

While the current facility is already a well-equipped space, featuring a community kitchen, outdoor pergola, and multifunctional rooms suitable for meetings, general programs, and small office consultations, the expansion will allow the centre to offer a wide range of new programs and experiences.

It comes after community feedback and engagement surveys, which showed strong community demand for new programs and experiences—particularly around arts, dance and social spaces—and for increased space for youth programming.

The draft concept plans have also been informed by targeted consultation with user group representatives and centre volunteers.

Construction is set to begin in early 2024 and is expected to take 12 months, during which the centre will remain open, with steps taken to minimise impacts to its users. The playground won’t be impacted by the expansion.

You can view the site plan, floor plan and 3D representations of the new space at council’s Your Say page, where you’ll also find answers to frequently asked questions.

Other upcoming projects in Aberfoyle Park include an accessibility upgrade for Hub Library (funded through a state government Community Infrastructure Grant with the support of Erin Thompson, Member for Davenport) and a redesigned reserve at Roxanne Avenue. A reserve upgrade at Pine Avenue was recently completed thanks to $250,000 in funding from the federal government's Local Roads and Community Infrastructure program.

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A concept image of the Aberfoyle Community Centre expansion featuring a wide open room with a high ceiling, brick wall and tables.