Central Coast Council has officially opened the new community hall and playground at Norah Head, with a celebration event attended by members of the community.
The $1.7M project has been completed after Central Coast Council received $935,000 from the NSW Government, with Council funding the remaining $765,000 from planned capital expenditure.
Council Director for Community and Recreational Services Melanie Smith said the opening ceremony was attended by residents and community groups.
“Council undertook community consultation to inform the design and construction of the venue, which has resulted in a fabulous modern facility, transforming what was previously in place,” she said.
Key features of the new facility include a multi-functional hall, kitchen, storage, accessible family-friendly amenities, a children’s playspace and picnic area.
The project was completed by North Construction and Building.
“Council worked with a community working group on the project including representatives from Norah Head Residents Association, Hockey Club and the Playground Association to make sure the facility was fit for purpose,” Smith said.
“The new facility replaces the dilapidated Norah Head Hall at 75 Bungary Rd and the ageing hockey building at Lawson St.”
Council Administrator Rik Hart applauded the community groups and residents for their role in working with Council to help design and plan the new community hall.
“The facility is one that Council and the community are proud of, and will be used for physical activity classes, meetings, birthday parties and much more,” he said.
“It is now available for the community to book and enjoy.”
Minister for the Central Coast David Harris said the new facilities were a great demonstration of what was possible when state and local governments worked together with communities.
“The community hall at Norah Head is a key piece of community infrastructure which was demonstrated by the passion to save the old hall,” he said.
“This new facility will be a meeting place for the tight-knit community from young children in the playgroup to the excellent Norah Head Residents Association and Panthers Hockey Club.
“The new hall and playground are a celebration of community engagement.”
To view a summary of the community engagement visit yourvoiceourcoast.com/norahheadcommunityhall
Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch also welcomed the opening of the new hall, saying it represents the focus the former State Government had on the Central Coast, having been funded under the former Liberal-National government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund.