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Media Release - New $2M Community House opens in The Basin

The new Community House in The Basin was officially opened last week, marking a new phase for this important facility now located in the heart of the community on the grounds of The Basin Primary School.

The new Community House will be a centre of lifelong learning and a valuable local community gathering place for The Basin community. The facilities include:

  • flexible training rooms that can be converted into a large function room;
  • training kitchen with classroom space;
  • computer lab;
  • meeting space;
  • kitchenette for students;
  • several office spaces; and
  • large outdoor space for community activities.

The Basin Community House had operated from its former site at 1221 Mountain Highway since 1989. The building was a small, refurbished residential house that had a number of limitations including accessibility constraints and inadequate parking.

In October 2010, a State Government Community Planning Grant funded a joint study between Knox City Council, The Basin Community House, The Basin Primary School and the then Department of Education and Early Childhood Development to assess the feasibility of developing a multi-purpose facility in The Basin.

In 2016, the State Government committed $2M for the development of a new community house on the grounds of The Basin Primary School and construction began in February 2018.

Knox Council contributed $600,000 to the fit-out maintenance and renewal of the new building and will manage it on behalf of the State Government to ensure it is accessible to the broader community. Council also provides annual partnership funding to The Basin Community House to support its ongoing programs and services.

Quotes attributable to James Merlino, Deputy Premier and Minister for Education:

  • This new facility will help to foster a culture of lifelong learning. It will support local children and families, and also the wider community as well.

Quotes attributable to Mayor, Cr Jake Keogh:

  • The new community house is an outstanding building that will provide much-needed community space for the current and future residents of The Basin.
  • Council is proud to partner with The Basin Community House and Department of Education and Training to deliver the new building after many years of planning.

Quotes attributable to Chandler Ward Councillor, Cr John Mortimore:

  • The community house is such an important part of this community, providing valuable services and programs for residents of all ages.
  • It has taken many years of work and advocacy to bring this to fruition, and I am thrilled to see this new building open and operating as a hub of community activity.

Issued: 3 April 2019
Knox Community and Council Plan 2017-2021

Knox Community and Council Plan 2017-2021 Reference:

Goal 5. We have a strong regional economy, local employment and learning opportunities

Strategy 5.4 - Increase and strengthen local opportunities for lifelong learning, formal education pathways and skills development to improve economic capacity of the community

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