$2m commitment for Flemington

Monday, 13 May In

Member for Maribyrnong Bill Shorten has announced that a Federal Labor Government would contribute $2 million toward the cost of building our new community hub in Flemington if they are elected on 18 May.

A new community hub is needed and welcomed by the people of Flemington.

Cr Narelle Sharpe

Moonee Valley Mayor Cr Narelle Sharpe said the funding would go a long way to planning for the new community hub at Debneys Park and replacing the old community centre.

“A redeveloped community hub has been identified as a priority in our long-term vision for Moonee Valley, MV2040. We welcome the opportunity to work with Bill Shorten as our local federal member on this important and transformational project,” Cr Sharpe said.

“Flemington is incredibly diverse, with a higher rate of unemployment and a lower median weekly income than the State average. A new community hub is needed and welcomed by the people of Flemington.

“Council will continue to advocate for additional State and Federal funding with the goal of reaching $20 million in external funding.”

The Hub is expected to cost $40 million and forms part of a broader project to revitalise Debneys Park.

Community Wellbeing spokesperson Cr Jim Cusack said Flemington Community Centre already attracts up to 2,000 regular visitors each week and hosts a range of events, festivals and programs for the diverse community of Flemington.

“A new community hub would fill a much-needed gap in facilities and services for the people of Flemington, including those living in the nearby housing estate,” Cr Cusack said.

“The old community centre was built in 1960 and is at the end of its useful life. The new hub will be a Flemington landmark, a place where people from every neighbourhood will be welcome to access services and participate in learning, recreation and leisure activities using modern facilities such as a community hall, multipurpose rooms, places to do art and sports, a community kitchen and a large foyer.

“The plan is to build the hub away from the creek and traffic noise to allow users to enjoy activities both indoors and outdoors so that the diverse community of Flemington and beyond can take advantage of this space for many years to come.”

Find out more about the project and have your say on our Your Say page.

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