The Council is examining how its public buildings can best meet future needs, with the release of a draft Community Facilities Strategy for comment.
The Strategy has been developed to guide the planning and design of community centres and libraries across Ku-ring-gai over the next 20-30 years.
Ku-ring-gai’s growing population is expected to reach over 130,000 by 2031, up from its current 123,000, meaning existing community centres and halls are often operating at capacity.
According to the draft strategy, the Council currently owns and operates 14 halls and centres available for hire by the community, four libraries, an arts centre and three youth centres.
Most community buildings are located in the south and east of Ku-ring-gai, with a shortage in the northern half of the municipality.
With many community buildings now over 50 years old, replacement or major renovations are needed. The strategy proposes options to address ageing public facilities and the shortage of space for hire by taking a regional approach to community buildings.
Among its recommendations are:
A sub-regional cultural facility in Gordon, co-located with Gordon Library, the Council Administration and Chambers. This supports the Council’s vision to develop a new civic/cultural precinct in Gordon
A performing arts hub in Killara centred around the redeveloped Marian Street Theatre
Three new district community hubs in Turramurra, St Ives and Lindfield, ideally co-locating branch libraries with flexible multi-use public spaces
Amalgamating a number of existing facilities into the new district hubs
Upgrading several smaller local facilities.
The strategy also outlines the recreational potential of St Ives Showground Precinct which could include community events, entertainment and education spaces.
Mayor Jennifer Anderson said the Strategy was an important document to guide the Council’s planned revitalisation of public buildings.
“It reflects the community hub approach we are taking towards local centres such as Lindfield, Turramurra and Gordon,” the Mayor said.
“The aim is to have multipurpose, flexible public spaces where people can meet and do a range of activities in one spot.”
The Strategy can be viewed at www.kmc.nsw.gov.au/exhibition Printed copies can also be viewed at the Council’s customer service centre at Level 4, 818 Pacific Highway Gordon.
Comments can be submitted via the website. Feedback can also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to Ku-ring-gai Council, Locked Bag 1006 Gordon NSW 2072. Submissions should quote reference S101062.
Comments close at 5pm on Friday 2 November.
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