Iconic centre reopens in Eltham

Published on 27 June 2017

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The renovated and rejuvenated Eltham Community and Reception Centre officially opened its doors on Monday.

The $3.43 million project received $2.6 million from the Growing Suburbs Fund and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning with Council providing another $835,000.

The centre is Nillumbik’s premiere function venue providing a fully-accessible and functional community space, which retains the unique character of the original iconic mudbrick building.

Nillumbik Shire Mayor Councillor Peter Clarke said he was honoured to be reopening the centre and that all residents should come and have a look at the new facility.

"The improvements to the Centre mean that it is now accessible to all with improved, parking, footpaths, toilet and kitchen facilities as well as improved spaces and audio visual equipment for the stage.

"The construction was completed by builders JR and BL Kendall Pty Ltd, a local Hurstbridge family-run company with 80% of the contractors also local. They have delivered an outstanding finished product which blends in well with its natural surrounds and the newly landscaped gardens."

The renovations fixed design deficiencies and occupational health and safety concerns of the original 1977 building. As well as accessibility upgrades, the centre includes water harvesting, solar power, improved lighting, new amplifiers, improved foyer and commercial standard kitchen. A landscaped amphitheatre provides a distinctive viewing area to enjoy concerts and performing arts activities.

Mayor Clarke said, “The investment into the refurbished centre will provide Nillumbik residents with a fully accessible function venue that can now be enjoyed by our community for many years to come.”