Plans for a new multi-purpose centre in Windale featuring a high-tech library, modern community spaces and a flexible layout in which the community can connect, learn and create have now been lodged.
Lake Macquarie City Council lodged plans for the new community hub, to be built on the site of the existing ageing community hall.
Lake Macquarie Mayor Kay Fraser said Windale had been identified as a growth suburb in the council's strategic plans for the city.
"This facility will create a centrepiece for a rapidly changing suburb," she said. "Council's investment in Windale and other nearby projects such as the new Windale skate park shows our commitment to providing more housing, employment opportunities and the necessary services in the area.
"This project will continue the role of the existing library and community hall as key meeting places and activity centres in Windale, ensuring we continue to provide valuable services for local residents."
The council's manager community partnerships Andrew Bryant said one of the key themes identified during the past three years' of consultations was the need for a welcome space for the community to come together and feel at home.
"The open-plan design, flexible social spaces and library functions woven throughout the building aim to create the feeling of a welcoming, safe community loungeroom," Mr Bryant said.
"The community also wanted the building to be adaptable to provide a wide range of services, allowing social activities to take place alongside spaces for learning, well being and personal achievements."
The building design features a range of adaptable spaces, including a large community hall and an activity room, for gatherings and functions, as well as 'maker-space' activities, smaller meetings rooms that are sound-proofed to enable use as a recording studio, and several office spaces.
The new facility, identified in the Charlestown Development Contributions Catchment Plan, will be funded by development contributions and proceeds from the sale of Council land at Bennetts Green.
Pending approvals, construction is expected to commence in mid-2021.
Stay up-to-date with the project at lakemac.com.au/Projects.