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New hub of activity in Augustine Heights

Daniel Bouwmeester    August 14, 2022    2 min read   

Community groups and residents are now able to use a brand new public meeting facility in Augustine Heights.

The Augustine Heights Community Hub, situated at the south-eastern corner of Jane Gorry Park, was officially opened to the public by Division 2 Councillors Nicole Jonic and Paul Tully in May this year.

Cr Jonic said the new venue was “a gorgeous, gorgeous place”.

“It’s got a beautiful outlook, there’s a playground out the back, and it’s just all been [refurbished],” she said.

Councillors Paul Tully and Nicole Jonic. Image: Ipswich City Council.

Cr Jonic remarked on the mixed usage of the venue so far, including the hosting of private functions like a wedding anniversary and baby shower, and as a space for reading and relaxation activities for Ipswich City Council staff.

She added, “There is an application pending for Springfield Police Division Neighbourhood Watch meetings for a night in each of September and November.

“Mustard Seed Chapel has requested to hold its youth group meetings every Friday night.”

Cr Tully, who lives in Augustine Heights, said the site was available for any local groups, not just those within the suburb.

“It’s a great opportunity for the community to gather here, right in the heart of Augustine Heights,” he said.

Cr Tully said that while regular community group use has been “light”, numerous enquiries have been fielded.

Ipswich City Council accepts applications for use by groups of up to 30 people on the 104 sq m site.

The building was previously a real estate office, which was offered to the Council as part of a nearby property development approval deal, according to Cr Tully.

“As we manage the growth of our division, we welcome this new facility which improves our social infrastructure and provides an opportunity to strengthen our community by providing a cost-effective venue to meet,” he said.

The venue joins existing features at Jane Gorry Park, including a dog off-leash area, playground, picnic and toilet facilities, and basketball half court.

Image: Ipswich City Council.

The Augustine Heights Community Hub is located at Jane Gorry Park, at 4 Christopher Street. To book, call 3810 6666 or visit the online portal for the park on the Ipswich City Council site.

Daniel Bouwmeester

Daniel was born in a mining town in New South Wales to Dutch and Welsh immigrants, before relocating to Logan City, where he attended Canterbury College for twelve years. He pursued his passion for music by completing a first-class honours degree at the University of Queensland (UQ), and later signed with a local record label. He has travelled the world from a young age, including a student exchange in rural France, a job working the ski lifts in Colorado, and visits to the islands of the South Pacific. After a six-year career in market research, Daniel returned to UQ to complete a Bachelor of Journalism and Arts dual degree, majoring in political science. His varied experiences at home and abroad have contributed to a passion for spreading good news while defending the truth buried inside complex societal paradigms.