What is the shared vision for the Croydon Community Wellbeing Precinct?
Consultation with the community and key stakeholders has helped to create a shared vision for the precinct:
- The Croydon Community Wellbeing Precinct reflects and facilitates the community we aspire to be, where people know and support each other, and feel a strong sense of belonging.
- The Precinct brings together a range of community services, programs and activities for people of all ages and abilities, within a parkland setting.
- The village feel and local character of Croydon is preserved through excellence in urban design, and with improved pedestrian connectivity with links to Croydon Main Street and Croydon rail and bus interchange.
- The accessible and integrated community hubs create opportunities for social connection; improved health and wellbeing; and exciting opportunities to bring together new learning experiences that raise the wellbeing of our community.
- Importantly the precinct provides links to our cultural heritage and history, while also providing flexibility to meet the current and future needs of the community.
What is a Masterplan?
A masterplan is a holistic plan for an area of land that provides short, medium- and long-term direction for the way the land is utilised in the future. Council masterplans are primarily focused on establishing the future direction for the community assets (both built and natural) to meet the future community needs and service requirements.
Why did Council undertake a Masterplan for the Croydon Community Wellbeing Precinct?
The current Croydon Civic precinct contains a significant number of separate community facilities that are occupied by a number of community groups and sporting clubs. These facilities have reached the end of their useful life, and don’t meet the future needs of the community groups, sporting clubs, and the broader community. Council has undertaken a masterplan for the redevelopment of the Croydon Civic precinct to facilitate the creation of a new Croydon Community Wellbeing Precinct that will include elements such as, community hubs, enhanced open space, enhanced accessibility and connectivity, and potential development sites.
What is a community hub?
A community hub is a conveniently located public facility that is recognised and valued in the local community as a gathering place for people and an access point for a wide range of community activities, programs, services and events. The proposed community hubs in the Croydon Community Wellbeing Precinct will be focused on enhanced community wellbeing for all ages and abilities.
Who will occupy the community hub?
The integrated community hub/s will be home to existing user groups in the precinct, including a new Croydon Library. The multi-purpose facilities will also provide spaces for various other community uses.
What impact will there be to users of Keystone Hall?
Construction of the new community hubs will be undertaken in stages, over a number of years.
Closure of Keystone Hall will only occur when the new community hubs are built and community groups have been accommodated. Detailed design for the community hubs will involve further extensive consultation with key users and community groups at the appropriate stage of the project.
Is the pond being retained?
The current pond at Croydon Library is in poor condition and as such, the proposal is to provide an enhanced, smaller, water body, that complements the facilities and open space areas in the precinct.
What parking will be provided close to the hubs?
Additional carparking will be provided within close proximity to the hubs as a result of the feedback from the community. Existing council parking facilities in the precinct will also complement the development.
The hubs are within walking distance to the Croydon Station and Bus interchange with bus stops also located along Mt Dandenong Road. The newly built Devon Street multi-deck car park is also well positioned in close proximity to the precinct.
When will construction take place?
Construction at Hub B is almost complete and planning and design for Hub A is underway.
What will happen to the Heritage façade at EV’s Youth Centre?
The façade associated with EV’s Youth Centre, formally Croydon Hall, has local heritage significance, and is intended to be retained and incorporated into the design and construction of the new community hub A. This will be subject to further investigation, design work, and community consultation as part of the future phases of the project.