New hub for Windale given the green light

Published on 06 January 2021

Windale Library-Community Hall artist impression.jpg

 

Construction is poised to begin this year on a multi-purpose centre in Windale featuring a high-tech library, modern community spaces and a flexible layout in which the community can connect, learn and create.

 

The NSW Government’s Regional Planning Panel has given the green light for the project paving the way for work to begin onsite in mid-2021.

 

Lake Macquarie Mayor Cr Kay Fraser said the facility would create a centrepiece for a rapidly changing suburb.

 

“The existing library and community hall have served Windale well for more than 60 years, but they are certainly ready for an update,” Cr Fraser said.

 

“This project will provide a central community hub that has long-term community benefits as a key meeting place and activity centre for Windale and provide the valuable services that local residents want and need.”

 

Council has actively engaged with the Windale community over the past three years to meet needs and expectations.

 

The building design features a range of adaptable spaces, including a large community hall and activity room for gatherings and functions, as well as ‘maker-space’ activities, smaller meeting rooms that are sound-proofed to enable their use as a recording studio, and several office spaces.

 

Construction will also commence on a new flow-style skate park at Bahloo Reserve, Windale in the coming months. The skate park is expected to double the size of the former skate park.

 

Manager Arts Culture and Tourism Jacqui Hemsley said Council was launching the Windale Community Hall Memories Project to coincide with the new centre’s construction and celebrate the history of the existing Windale Community Hall. 

 

“To acknowledge and celebrate the history of the hall, we are asking our community to share their memories of this well-loved facility,” Ms Hemsley said.

 

Locals are encouraged to upload photos and memorabilia, and share memories, at lakemac.com.au/Projects/Windale-Hub.

 

Memories supplied as part of the project may be published on Council’s local history website or incorporated into a public artwork in the new facility.

 

The multi-purpose centre, identified in the Charlestown Development Contributions Catchment Plan, will be funded by development contributions and proceeds from the sale of Council land at Bennetts Green.

 

Stay up-to-date with Council projects at lakemac.com.au/Projects.