Plans for Marysville community hub released

Feb 16, 2010
  • Article by Online Editor

Plans for the second stage of the Community Learning Health and Recreation Hub in Marysville have been unveiled just after the one year anniversary of the Black Saturday bushfires that devastated towns in regional Victoria.

The masterplanning and concept design has been drawn up by Melbourne-based NH Architecture. Facilities provided as part of stage two include an indoor recreation centre, community meeting rooms, community health centre and space for a local doctor. Stage one of the hub, incorporating a primary school and early learning centre, is currently under construction, due for completion in April 2010.

The hub will regroup core community facilities together, and provide a meeting space for Marysville residents. A multi-use, adaptable community space on the ground level will open onto a balcony space overlooking the oval. The $7 million stage two plans were unveiled at the opening of the Bendigo Bank in the town.

The community hub is part of the $193 million Rebuilding Together program announced in September last year by the Victorian and Commonwealth governments to fund recovery in the fire-damaged region.

The announcement of the second stage comes as a panel of six experts – including urban planners, environment experts and members of the fire service – warned the Bushfires Royal Commission of the dangers of allowing communities to resettle in some of the affected areas.

Urban planner and professor at Deakin University, Roz Hansen, was quoted in an article in _The Age_ saying: “I certainly recognise the urgency of rehousing people and I certainly recognise the attachment, personal and social attachments, that those communities had to those locations… But when one looks at those particular settlements in a planning sense, and in putting bushfire risk management at the top of the planning considerations, I would not have said that those settlements should have been resettled in the recovery program.”

The proposal for stage two is currently available to view on the Victorian Government’s [“We Will Rebuild”:] website. A community consultation and feedback period on the plans is open from 15 February until 5 March 2010.

Article in [“The Age”:]

*Plans* by NH Architecture and Spowers.

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