Last Friday 3Bridges Community was celebrating New Building Launch at Penshurst! Approximately 110 people gathered together to enjoy the morning tea and celebrate this beautiful day.
3Bridges is really pleased to have successfully completed construction of this new building at 23 St Georges Road, Penshurst. Federal Member for Banks David Coleman joined the community for the official opening, and welcomed the additional building as the first major upgrade to the centre in 10 years.
This new centre consists of a 123 sqm community hall, 1 meeting room and an activities room, community kitchen and amenities. Situated adjacent to the Old Pole Depot Community Centre, the new building has been designed to complement the residential setting yet provide a modern facility to support community capacity building for local residents. In 2007 3Bridges Community upgraded the old building with meeting rooms, office space and counselling rooms and this new building allows more room for vital front line services to be delivered to the community.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and the Member for Banks, Mr David Coleman MP made a commitment on 23 August 2013 of $500,000 towards the new building. Funding was then provided by the Australian Government through the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development. The NSW Government through the Community Building Partnership Grants provided a further $50,000 with the support of the Member for Oatley, Mr Mark Coure MP. Club Central Hurstville also provided $35,000 to fit out the kitchen and toilet areas.
Habitat for Human NSW supported the project by enlisting the support of numerous socially responsible companies who donated used furniture and equipment. Local architect Russell Lee designed the building and local builder Terry Savell of Tengelo Constructions completed all work ahead of time.
Construction commenced in September 2016 and on 21 July the community will gather for the official opening. The Federal Member for Banks, Mr David Coleman MP will officially open the new centred with 3Bridges Community Board member Catriona Barry on Friday 21 July 2017.
3Bridges Community CEO Rosemary Bishop said “Community Centres like these are at the heart of communities assisting many thousands of individuals, contributing to improvements in community health and local community development. It was only with the support of David Coleman and the Australian Government that this new centre was made possible. This building is a wonderful example of how our community can work together with local, state and federal governments to create infrastructure to meet community need. We were delighted that John Rayner, Administrator from Georges River Council has approved a 20 year occupation of the building thus ensuring the new facility will be able to support the local community for the long term.”