THE former Otford tennis clubhouse will be transformed into a community hall by Wollongong City Council.
From a poorly used facility, the clubhouse will become a hub for the Otford community, where people can get together for movie nights, meetings and community dinners, organised by local community groups and organisations.
Plans for the future of this facility highlight the approach of Council’s newly released community facilities strategy, Places for People – Wollongong Social Infrastructure Planning Framework: 2018-2028.
Places for People guides Council’s planning for community, cultural and recreational buildings at a number of levels from planning for major projects through to smaller projects that aim to enhance and activate existing assets, such as Otford Community Hall.
Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said Council’s Places for People is “a unique local government social infrastructure plan, in that it recognises that community activities and community infrastructure are inextricably linked”.
“Council’s vision for social infrastructure is for people to have access to quality, sustainable social infrastructure that meets their needs and reflects Wollongong’s role as a leading regional city,” he said.
Mayor Bradbery said Places for People takes into account the city’s changing demographics and social characteristics, as well as changes in the ways that social infrastructure is provided by government.