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.
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.
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.