Community house now open

From left to right: Community House executive officer Kate Madden, Community House honorary treasurer Bruce McBain, Narre Warren South MP Gary Maas, City of Casey chair of administrators Noelene Duff PSM and Community House secretary Diane Leak.

After a $972,884 upgrade, the newly refurbished Hampton Park Community House was officially opened on Thursday 28 March.

Located on Stuart Avenue, the community house was established to support individuals of all ages and backgrounds to belong, and to support the local community.

City of Casey’s Chair of Administrators Noelene Duff PSM said that the important refurbishment works at the community house will improve functionality at the facility.

“The works will also increase capacity at the site, allowing more people to attend its many programs, such as computer training, Tai Chi, English as a Second Language classes, occasional child care, after-school care and three and four-year-old kindergarten,” she said.

The project was made possible through the grant provided by the State Government’s $938,884 Growing Suburbs fund, with the council funding the remaining $34,000.

Refurbishment works included renovation of amenities, relocation of a community space, reconfiguration of the reception area, office and classroom, installation of an air lock at the front entrance and some minor landscaping.

Ms Duff and chief executive officer Glenn Patterson were joined by Narre Warren South MP Gary Maas, Hampton Park Community House honorary treasurer Bruce McBain, community house staff and local community groups who use the facilities to celebrate the completion.

“The Growing Suburbs Fund grant is a vital source of funding for the City of Casey and other growth councils, helping to provide much-needed local infrastructure for our communities,” Ms Duff said.