Multi-million-dollar Boya Community Centre to have festive opening on Monday

The  new centre. Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au   d464932
Boya Library staff Amanda Rowe (standing) and Teresa Johnson.
The new centre. Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au d464932 Boya Library staff Amanda Rowe (standing) and Teresa Johnson.

BOYA Community Centre will open on Monday with festivities to launch the multi-million-dollar sports facility and library.

Work on the $7.4 million project by Badge Construction began about a year ago, with replacement trees and other landscaping details completed recently.

The building incorporates the new Katharine Susannah Prichard library and a modern community hall to replace the Boya and Greenmount halls.

Work on extending Boya Oval playing-surface, water irrigation and floodlights is under way.

Shire President David Lavell said the Scott Street complex was an attractive addition to the Shire’s facilities.

“The fabric of the building reflects the natural environment theme, while the facilities are modern, accessible and accommodating,” he said.

“The 3000sqm community space will offer local groups and organisations the opportunity to meet for a variety of activities and events.”

Facilities at the centre also provide a large kitchen and a covered veranda for outdoor community activities.

The spacious new library has study nooks, public meeting rooms, free Wi-Fi, a library lounge, an area for young adults and a children’s zone.

Shire libraries manager Kaye Abel said the increased library space offered better access to loanable items, collections and resources for every interest and age.

“We can now provide enhanced search services with an accessibility desk, which can be used by anyone in a wheelchair,” she said.

“This wonderful space also offers the opportunity to showcase the Shire’s art collection on a rotating basis.”

The much-loved stained glass window from Greenmount library will have a new home at Boya library.

An official event to celebrate the centre will take place on March 8, to coincide with International Women’s Day.