The development of Leopold’s central facility for community services has taken a step forward today with local company, Lyons Construction, named the successful building contractor for the Leopold Community Hub – Stage 2 project.

Member for Bellarine, Lisa Neville, made the announcement today in Leopold and said construction is expected to start later this month.

The joint project between the Victorian Government and the City of Greater Geelong builds on the Stage 1 development of a child and family centre, which opened in 2015.

Stage 2 will see the development of a civic precinct to provide wide-ranging community services including services for youth, seniors, and the transitioning workforce in one central location.

It will include a library, community meeting spaces, youth space, and an open space development for everyone to enjoy. The library will be stocked with up to 15,000 items, and is expected to attract more than 1600 visitors each week.

The building will be equivalent to a five-star green star rating, with roof mounted solar panels and water-saving plumbing fixtures.

This $9.25 million project is funded by the City of Greater Geelong ($5.5 million), the Victorian Government through the Regional Infrastructure Fund ($3 million) and the Living Libraries Fund ($750,000).

The project delivers on the Victorian Government’s $3 million election commitment to support the development of Stage 2 of the Leopold Community Hub.

Together, Stage 1 and Stage 2 will serve as a ‘one stop shop’ for community services for youth, seniors and the transitioning workforce in Leopold and surrounding areas.

Construction will commence later this month and over the course of the project, more than 40 construction jobs will be generated.

Quotes attributable to the Minister for Regional Development, Jaala Pulford

The Victorian Government is investing in regional Victorian infrastructure so that regional Victoria continues to be a great place to live, work and visit.”

Quotes attributable to the Member for Bellarine, Lisa Neville

“When stage 2 is complete, the Leopold Community hub will serve as a ‘one stop shop’ for young people, families, older people and workers to access all their local services.”