Background

Council has 40 community centres spread out across the Northern Beaches.

The development of a strategic framework for the management of Council’s community centres is essential to ensure the current and future needs of the community are met in multi-purpose facilities.

The study will look at the current usage, conditions of centres and suitability for use. It will identify gaps in locations and opportunities to improve the service to the wider community.

The community centres help bring people together, creating connections and building a stronger community. They are great places to get active, meet people and participate in community life. From yoga to playgroups, and cooking classes to life drawing, community centres are a hub of activity and lifelong learning.

Help us identify opportunities so all of our community, young and old, can enjoy the community centres into the future.

Updates

The draft Community Centre Strategy will now be presented to Council for endorsement and public exhibition at the meeting being held on 27 August 2019.

Thank you for your patience as we finalise this important strategy.

We anticipate the Draft Community Centre Strategy will be presented to Council for public exhibition endorsement in July 2019.

The draft Community Centre Strategy is currently being finalised and is anticipated to be presented to Council mid-2019 for endorsement to proceed to public exhibition.

Thank you again for your input and interest in the Community Centre Strategy. The team is currently working with the consultant on the information collected and drafting recommendations for inclusion in a draft strategy.

In total 649 people were consulted during the first two stages of the project including:

  • 110 via a user survey
  • 407 via a telephone survey
  • 85 via an online public survey
  • 30 through focus groups and interviews
  • 17 Council officers

Additionally five pop-up information stalls were hosted in Mona Vale, Dee Why, Balgowlah, Forestville and Narrabeen.

This provided the team an opportunity to discuss the project and collect community thoughts and ideas for the Community Centre Strategy.

Thank you for your feedback.

Submissions on the Community Centre Strategy have now closed. We will keep you in the loop using this project webpage.

Timeline

  • Timeline item 1

    Stage 1 - Background research

  • Timeline item 2

    Stage 2 - Initial community engagement - Sep-Oct 2018

  • Timeline item 3

    Stage 3 - Analysis and Draft Strategy - Oct 2018 - Apr 2019

  • Timeline item 4

    Stage 4 - Draft Exhibition - late-2019

  • Timeline item 5

    Stage 5 - Report to Council for adoption - late-2019