Site – Existing

The land sits on the corner of Forest Street and Marjorie Crescent, Woodend. Currently encompassed by this precinct:

  • Woodend Swimming Pool
  • Woodend Information Centre
  • Squash Courts (unused)
  • Woodend Neighbourhood House
  • Woodend Goldfields Library

This is a prime location, with ongoing use by the Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group for its monthly Market, as well as the Woodend Lion’s Club Market. Different tourist groups use the car parking spaces as a meeting point outside the Woodend Information Centre. Council’s own data indicates some 40,000 tourists visited this Centre in 2015 alone.

  • 1940s – it was converted as a Community Centre. It’s functionality at that time was for young people to gather and improve fitness in judo and table tennis.
  • 1980s – The Library and Hall Concept

Today it houses:

  • Community radio
  • Senior citizens gathering space and kitchenette
  • Council information Centre and Woodend Goldfields Library

Why redevelop? 

Continued use and age have meant the buildings are degrading at an increasing rate in terms of maintenance and ongoing upkeep. A general walk around the buildings on site reveals drainage that is in need of repair as well as poorly designed spaces that are not used  to their maximum potential.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, however many agree that the design of the building itself needs a significant update.

Woodend has grown exponentially since the buildings were originally built and completed in the 1980s. With increasing diversity in the population, and higher visitation of tourists frequenting the area as well as going to Daylesford (Hepburn Springs Region) and onward to Castlemaine/Bendigo (Goldfields Region), the opportunity presents itself to update these buildings and services to meet the next 50 years.