To help meet the current and future needs of North Melbourne’s vibrant and diverse community, the City of Melbourne is moving ahead with plans to develop a new community centre in North Melbourne.
Community and service providers have shared their desire for larger and improved facilities to enhance the existing services that make a positive difference to life in North Melbourne.
This new multi-use centre will include youth, family and ageing services, as well as additional services to be decided on following engagement with the community so we best meet the needs of the neighbourhood.
The new centre will be located at 91-115 Melrose Street (currently the site of Jean McKendry Neighbourhood Centre and Hotham Hub) and will be 3000 square metres in size. For comparison, the existing North Melbourne Community Centre (NMCC) is approximately 1500 square metres.
Both the existing NMCC and Jean McKendry will shift their youth, family and ageing service provision to the new centre. Future redevelopment of the recreation facilities at NMCC will be undertaken as part of City of Melbourne’s longer-term planning for recreation needs in the area.
While construction is underway, services and programs currently offered at the Jean McKendry Neighbourhood Centre will be relocated to other facilities across the community. The existing North Melbourne Community Centre will continue to operate while construction on a new community centre is underway.
Two rounds of community engagement will be undertaken. This first round was informed by previous community engagement, and asked for further community input about preferred services and spaces. We also wanted your thoughts on how the centre should look and feel to make it a welcoming and inclusive space for the community. We were adding to our understanding of the priorities and needs for the North Melbourne and Macaulay community, building on previous conversations with community and stakeholders.
The second round of engagement (to happen in the first half of 2024) will present draft designs for feedback from community and stakeholders.
Timeline item 1 - complete
Phase 1 engagement to gather community and stakeholder insights on services and design objectives
16 August to 5 October 2023
Timeline item 2 - incomplete
City of Melbourne to use engagement outcomes to prepare brief for design of the new centre
Timeline item 3 - incomplete
Preparation of the concept design of a new centre and review by Council
Timeline item 4 - incomplete
Phase 2 community engagement to present concept design for public feedback
Early to mid-2024
Timeline item 5 - incomplete
Preparation of detailed design for new centre
Timeline item 6 - incomplete
Beginning of construction of a new centre
Late 2025 to 2026
Map of North Melbourne and Macaulay
- What services currently operate out of the Jean McKendry Neighbourhood Centre?
- What services currently operate out of the North Melbourne Community Centre?
- What services will be provided in the new community centre?
- How much funding has Council allocated to deliver the project?
- Will the new community centre include recreation facilities?
- How will Council provide recreation spaces and facilities for the community in North Melbourne?
- What will happen to the services and programs currently provided at the Jean McKendry Neighbourhood Centre while construction of the new community centre is underway?
- How much further will people have to travel to access the new community centre?
- Why has the Melrose Street site been selected as the most suitable site for a new community centre?
- What consultation has taken place with the North Melbourne community to date?
- Council has been talking about the new community centre for more than 10 years. Why is it taking so long to be delivered?