I will be opening the new multimillion-dollar Waterloo Youth, Family and Community Centre at 11am on Saturday. The Centre is a joint venture between the City of Sydney and the Federal Government.
We know our new Waterloo Community Centre, along with the Oval and Skate Park, offers a great place to be active.
The Waterloo Community Centre will be the new home for Weave - an independent non-profit organisation that does great work educating, empowering and encouraging many people in the local community. Weave began as South Sydney Youth Services in 1976, set up by a group of local parents worried about the welfare of local children on the street at night.
Join me and Federal Member for Sydney Tanya Plibersek MP to celebrate the opening, meet your neighbours and enjoy a free coffee, morning tea and kids' entertainment.
The $3.5 million Community Centre on the corner of Elizabeth and Allen Streets has a very distinct and eye-catching design by Collins and Turner Architects in Surry Hills.
The building features a steel canopy crowned with plants and vines which will eventually blend into the surrounding park. Energy-efficient building materials have been used throughout construction and low-energy lighting, natural ventilation and tanks to collect and re-use rainwater will ensure the building has a low impact on our environment.
The Community Centre's construction was partly funded by a $2 million grant from the Federal Government's Community Infrastructure Program as part of their recent stimulus program.