Grand Opening for The Ponds Community Hub

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Grand Opening for The Ponds Community Hub
04th June 2014

The Ponds Community Hub (The Hub) on Riverbank Drive is set to come to life from 9am on Saturday 14th June with the grand opening of the $8.7 million facility.

Thousands of people are expected to participate in a range of activities that have been planned in The Hub’s rooms. Live entertainment will also take place inside and outside the building.

Nigel Edgar, General Manager Residential for Australand said, “Many years of planning and consultation have been spent designing a facility that The Ponds community will be very proud of. The building has been strategically located in the heart of the suburb to sit beside John Palmer Public School and The Ponds Retail Centre. This facility is set to further engender community spirit as many generations come together and collaborate through the events and activities that are planned in The Hub.”

Jey Mahendra, Development Director for UrbanGrowth NSW “Many services will be provided by Council in The Hub which encourage learning and promote healthy living. The Hub has deliberately been designed to be a multi-use facility featuring a variety of different sized rooms to accommodate a broad range of activities. It will become a focal gathering place for the community.”

“This brand new facility provides residents of The Ponds a place where they can come together, meet, interact, learn new skills, access education and health services, share ideas and enjoy life,” said Len Robinson, Mayor of Blacktown City.

The day will feature live performances in the main hall, demonstrations in cup cake decorating, crafts for children, face painting, jumping castles and other activities.

The 1100 square metre multi-purpose building provides diverse spaces including a meeting/ technology room, function rooms, children’s art and play area, a large commercial-style demonstration kitchen and space for community services. A community garden also features in the plans.

BN Group Architects skillfully designed the reuse and extension of the existing Sales and Display Centre (designed originally by Cox Architects) to transform the building into the Community Hub. They have used a variety of natural timbers and earthy colours to ensure the structure melds with the natural environment. Two large ponds surround the prominent building.

Three public artworks have been placed on the façade and inside the building. Meeting Place, a striking 16 metre long artwork in laser cut steel, by Indigenous artist Chris Edwards, commands centre stage at the entrance to The Hub. The circular patterns symbolise the connections between people.

Over 80 children from The Ponds worked with artists Graham Chalcroft and Chris Edwards to develop ideas and images for Creek Life which is a colourful work on the windows of the Kid’s craft room. The artwork depicts the flora and fauna of Second Ponds Creek.

Creeklines, is a seven panel art piece that houses Aboriginal artefacts found along Second Ponds Creek. Originally located in the floor of the old Sales Office, the work by Aboriginal artist Danny Eastwood and Aboriginal organisations involved in archeological work along the Creek now makes a significant statement on the wall in the meeting hall.

The Hub will be run by Blacktown City Council.

Please see our Gallery for images of the opening event.