WOODCROFT

Rebuilding the future

Groundwork laid for centre at Woodcroft

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An artist impression of Woodcroft Community Centre.

MORE than three years since it was burned to the ground, the foundation for the new $4.5 million Woodcroft Neighbourhood Centre has finally been laid.

The building was allegedly set alight on January 2015. Three people were charged for the arson attack that ripped the facility from the community.

A 19-year-old Doonside man was accused of arson while two 17-year-old girls were charged with break and enter and damaging property in the weeks following the attack.

In the three years since Blacktown Council has consulted with the community about what should be included in the new building.

“The new centre has been designed with the needs of the community in mind,” Blacktown Mayor Stephen Bali said.

“A consultation room, a multipurpose room for 24, a community hall for 200 people, kitchen, kitchenette, toilets, and community storage rooms will all be available.”

The state of the art facility was designed by Carter Williamson Architects

“Once completed the Woodcroft Neighbourhood Centre will be an asset for the community,” Mr Bali said. “The building will also feature a stage to engage 200 people or more during the annual Woodcroft Festival.”

Mr Bali and representatives from Westbury Constructions — building contractors — and Carter Williamson Architects when out and inspected the progress of the work last week.

Work is expected to be completed by mid-2019.