Kawana Forest community celebrate a vibrant meeting place to call their own
  • Tuesday 18 December 2012

The Kawana Forest community is celebrating the commencement of construction on a multi-function space for locals to meet and socialise in community activities.

Division 1 Councillor Rick Baberowski said the new Kawana Forest Community Centre will accommodate up to 100 people.

"Feedback from the Kawana Waters Community Development Strategy in 2008 confirmed the community’s desire for a multi-function local meeting place at Kawana Forest," he said.

"The community centre is set on a 1000 square metre lot on Woodlands Boulevard in Kawana Forest and will provide flexible spaces for groups in the community to meet and socialise.

"Council has included feedback from the Kawana Forest Residents Association (KaFRA) to ensure the design elements incorporate their needs and complement other facilities in the area such as the sports hall at Pacific Lutheran College, Meridan Sports Fields clubhouse and the Lake Kawana Community Centre.

"I have consulted closely with the community and we have changed the design to increase the flexibility of the service areas and the toilets were reconfigured to reduce ongoing operational costs.

"The facility includes two meeting rooms, a kitchenette, storage and an outdoor area which will be used by many local groups including parents and other local members for social, recreation and educational services.

"Council will be calling for registrations of interest for potential not-for-profit groups to manage the facility in January 2013 and would also like to hear from any community groups wishing to utilize any meeting space into the future.

"We now look forward to celebrating the opening in mid 2013 with the Kawana Forest community."

President of KaFRA Greg Chambers said residents were looking forward to having a meeting place to call their own.

"We appreciated the opportunity to be fully involved in both the conceptual and later design stages of the Community Centre," he said.

"KaFRA will certainly use the centre for regular monthly Executive Committee Meetings, Annual General Meetings and specific functions such as the children’s Christmas party.

"It will certainly provide a venue for KaFRA to arrange meetings with guest speakers on specific topics and provide a central venue to manage Clean Up Australia Day activities as well as Weedbuster Days."

For registrations of interest phone council’s Community Planning Officer on 5475 7272.