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Keysborough South Community Hub

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The draft design for the Keysborough South Community Hub went out for public comment in June 2020. Feedback received will be considered in finalising the design.

The design builds on previous planning and consultation undertaken over recent years and incorporates the unique attributes of the chosen site – located on the corner of Chapel Road and Villiers Road in Tatterson Park.

Download the draft design of the Keysborough South Community Hub

For more information about the project, please contact Emma Michie, Coordinator Special Projects at 

Design process 

A design team led by architectural firm ‘Group GSA’ was appointed in February to undertake the design and documentation of the Keysborough South Community Hub. 

This design process has been guided by previous planning and consultation undertaken for the community hub in 2015/16 and more recently in 2019 for the site selection. The Design Brief was based on the outcome of this planning  (including draft concept plan) and a subsequent review in 2019. 

Key features 

The design includes a central entry and foyer which directs people into the warm light filled building which is divided into an eastern ‘community’ wing and western ‘children’s services’ focused wing. The design allows for community access to the entire building including western wing when not required for children’s services (pending demand), via a control point which can be left open when required. The central foyer also leads to an outdoor seating area and amphitheatre for the community to enjoy.  

A summary of key features and facilities of the Community Hub are listed below:  

  • Community Activity Rooms – two multi-purpose rooms catering for up to approximately 60 people each, with the potential to combine into one large room. Suitable for a range of programs and activities including playgroup, lifelong learning and library programs, events, community group / club activities etc.  

  • Community Meeting Rooms – four meeting rooms of varying sizes with concealed storage and the ability to cater for a range of users and programs. Two rooms have the potential to combine into one larger meeting room for up to approximately 30 people. 

  • Community Lounge – for socialising / community gathering, informal activities, event spill out, quiet reading and study; featuring flexible seating, free WiFi, tea and coffee facilities, community noticeboard and library book pick-up / drop off (as part of an outreach library service). 

  • Community Kitchen – catering for community spaces and community groups. 

  • Kindergarten Rooms – two rooms with space for up to 33 licenced places each. 

  • Child Care Rooms – two rooms with space for up to 57 licenced places. 

  • Consulting Suites – three consulting suites for Maternal and Child Health and other specialist services, with a multifunctional waiting area. 

  • Reception, administration, storage and amenities 

  • External Areas: 
    - Licenced play area for kindergarten and child care 
    - Community ‘neighbourhood’ playground with basketball half court 
    - External seating areas 
    - Amphitheatre 

  • Car Parking 

Design principles 

The guiding principles for the design of the Keysborough South Community Hub include:  

  • A landmark / high quality facility 
  • Welcoming spaces that invite community gathering 
  • Multi-purpose spaces, that cater for diverse use / user groups 
  • Facilities that enable concurrent use by more than a single group 
  • Flexible spaces that are adaptable to future changing needs 
  • An innovative and environmentally sustainable design 
  • Integrated facilities and service delivery 
  • Universal access catering for all ages and for different abilities 
  • Use of low maintenance, natural and modern materials 

Additionally, the design seeks to be visually prominent from Chapel Road, with a single entrance and simple internal navigation. The building and site layout also seeks to achieve sound mitigation from the bypass, preserve the existing well-established trees and achieve a 5 star green star rating in sustainable design. 

Project background  

Keysborough South has experienced significant housing development and population growth over recent years, having increased from 5,516 residents in 2012 to 11,838 in 2019. 

This surge in population has led to a significant increase in the demand for community services, in particular early years’ children’s services. These services, in addition to a range of multi-purpose meeting rooms and spaces will be provided at the community hub, allowing opportunities for a variety of activities and programs to be offered for the community. 

Detailed planning and consultation for the community hub was undertaken in 2015/16. This process involved responses from over 400 people and confirmed the need for a range of community services and flexible meeting spaces and outdoor areas. It also involved the preparation of concept plans (non-site specific) incorporating facilities for early years children’s services (i.e. kindergarten, child care, maternal child health, immunisation services and playgroups), and spaces for young people, education based services and physical activity programs. 

In October 2019, Council selected Tatterson Park, on the corner of Chapel Road and Villiers Road as the chosen location for the Community Hub due to its visual prominence, easy access and central location for Keysborough South residents. This decision followed further community consultation involving over 550 responses.  

Timelines and next steps 

Council will consider all community feedback in finalising the design for the Keysborough South Community Hub. Final plans are expected to be released in approximately September. 

Construction of the community hub is proposed to commence by mid-2021. 

Frequently asked Questions 

What will happen to the off-leash dog park?

A new off-leash dog park is currently being developed within Tatterson Park, approximately 150m west of the existing dog park. The new dog park is slightly larger than the existing park and will include a secure fenced area, park furniture (including rubbish bin), water, shelter, landscaping and path connection. Approximately 100 trees will be planted within the park and surrounds, which will be serviced by a new car park that is being constructed as part of the new Tatterson Park / Villiers Road extension.  

What is included in the proposed outdoor/landscaped area?

The draft design includes a neighbourhood level children’s playground, basketball half court, amphitheatre, licenced children’s play area (for kindergarten / child care), outdoor seating areas, path network, landscaping with tiered acoustic treatment (along Dandenong Bypass) and fencing along Villiers Road and Chapel Road (part). Park users will be able to access public toilets / amenities located inside the building during opening hours.

What will happen to the existing trees?

The proposed design seeks to avoid the well-established trees on site, resulting in no loss of existing vegetation. Furthermore, the existing trees will become a valued feature of the landscaped area around the Community Hub.

What types of outreach library services will be offered at the Community Hub?

- Library programming such as story-time, baby bounce and lifelong learning programs for adults 

- Library book pick-up and drop-off 

Why is Villiers Road being extended into Tatterson Park?

Vehicular access into Tatterson Park is currently limited to Cheltenham Road in the north and Lake Edge Drive in the west. Access to the reserve from the eastern areas of Keysborough South is restricted to pedestrian connections only.  

The new road will improve access for local residents and encourage greater use of Tatterson Park and the extensive facilities and features that it offers (including the new off leash dog park). 

The development of an access road from Villiers Road / Chapel Road is consistent with Council’s long term planning for the reserve. This is reflected in the Tatterson Park Master Plan (2004) and is evident from the design of Villiers Road, which allows for the future extension of the road.  

Works are expected to commence on the access road in the coming months, which will include traffic calming measures (through Tatterson Park) to limit the speed of vehicles and deter through traffic. 

How many people can be accommodated in the community meeting rooms?

  • Community Room 1 and 2:
    - Function style layout (large tables): up to approximately 60 people each or 140 combined.
    - Theatre style layout: up to approximately 70 people each or 160 combined.

  • Meeting Rooms – approximate numbers based on board room layout:
    - Meeting Room 1: 8 people
    - Meeting Room 2: 10 people
    - Meeting Room 3: 10 people

  • Meeting Room 1 and 2 combined: Up to approximately 30 people based on theatre style seating.

How has Council determined the requirements for child care at the Keysborough South Community Hub?

Accurately predicting child care requirements for a specific suburb is not an exact science, estimates are just that, and are also based on statewide use assumptions garnered from detailed industry research. Council’s current estimates for child care service demand in the suburb of Keysborough estimate a requirement for 479 places in 2022, increasing to 550 places by 2031. This estimation is based upon long day care usage and population in Victoria and the sources for these statistics are Childhood Education and Care, Australia, June 2014, Australia Bureau of Statistics and Victoria in Future, 2016, Victorian Government.

Within the suburb of Keysborough child care is provided by both community-based child care programs, and also private providers.  Information on private childcare is not always assessable, and some providers also target service provision to clients outside of Dandenong’s municipal boarders.  For this reason, private providers of childcare are not always considered when evaluating current demand for child care places in a particular suburb. Ultimately, Council is building a facility designed to service Keysborough residents for the next fifty to sixty years, not just for the next five to ten. Integration is a key feature, in order to adapt to continual demographic changes, and deliver services that are applicable and appropriate to Keysborough’s residents.

The Keysborough South Community Hub’s early childhood approach is based on an integrated model for long day care and three and four-year-old kindergarten. With a flexible and adaptive capacity, it is possible that up to three rooms could be required for kindergarten with the introduction of three-year-old kindergarten in 2022 and one for long day care with 24 places for 0-3 years.  The intention will be to offer all types of kindergarten modelling for the community, which includes sessional and funded kindergarten with child care as a wraparound model for parents.

How has the Keysborough Community Hub been designed to maximise opportunities for the early years space to be used for future programmatic growth and changes in service delivery?

Dedicated space for early childhood services is shown on the concept plans and these are a requirement for Council’s submission for funding to the State Government, and also for eventual licensing. In an environment of diverse community expectations, Council has a commitment to derive maximum community benefit from its community facilities. Council’s commitment to the development and/or operation of community facilities on a multipurpose use basis is detailed in Council’s Multipurpose Use of Community Facilities Policy.  Council’s commitment to multiuse community facilities through its Policy provides the necessary guarantee to the community that these spaces will be available for community use should the demand be there. Two examples, of where early years facilities have accommodated multipurpose use are at the Dandenong South Primary School Early Years Facility and Springvale Service’s for Children.