Community Service Hubs a Win-Win for Manly

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Member for Manly James Griffin has congratulated Northern Beaches Council on their adoption of the Draft Community Development & Services Policy, which will be a win-win for the community with the Chief Executive Officer to commence discussions with community groups to progress the first community service hub in Manly.


“The Manly Soldiers Memorial Hall on Raglan Street has been a part of the fabric of our community for decades,” Mr Griffin said.


“The Community Services Hub strategy endorsed by Northern Beaches Council will be an exciting and welcome chapter in the history of this much loved building.


“The re-use of the Soldiers Memorial Hall for the direct benefit of the community, engaging with organisations such as Community Northern Beaches, will prove to be a lasting legacy for this important site.


“Community Northern Beaches deliver vital outreach services in Manly, and we have been working together to try to find a new home for their growing services. I am incredibly proud to see them proceed to this next stage.”


The draft policy will now be placed on public exhibition for at least 28 days, with Council endorsing in principle the introduction of community service hubs in central locations across the Northern Beaches within Council-owned and managed facilities, such as Manly Soldiers Memorial Hall on Raglan Street, Manly.


Areas for consideration for community service hubs include Manly, Dee Why, Brookvale and Mona Vale, with Frenchs Forest a key location for consideration during planning for the proposed town centre.


Northern Beaches Council will discuss directly with community organisations, including Community Northern Beaches, and investigate appropriate management models for each proposed service hub, such as entering into a head lease directly with organisations through an open Expressions of Interest program.