Parish Community Centre

Work commenced on Monday June 1st 2020 and completed in mid February 2021.

News from 2017

The plans for the Parish Community Centre have now been finalised and all necessary documentation completed. We have issued invitations to four builders to tender for the construction of the centre.  Tenders close on June 23, 2017, and we will then be working with our architect to select the preferred builder for the project. 

There are still a few hurdles to cross, not the least of which is to pray that the construction costs are within our budget. After a builder is selected a construction certificate needs to be completed and approved by the Certifier and builders contract prepared and executed by the builder and the archdiocese Trustees.

We remain hopeful that construction will commence in August/September 2017.

Unfortunately, due to construction cost and decline in Direct Giving income we took the decision in mid 2017 to postpone further progress on this project until sufficient funds became available.

UPDATE January 2020.

Following the sale of John Paul Village we are now in a satisfactory financial position to enable us to proceed with this project.  On 21 November 2019 Archbishop Anthony Fisher gave his approval for us to proceed with the new Parish Community Centre.  We have appointed a Project Manager to lead us through the construction.  We have invited the builder who successfully tendered for the construction in 2017 to revise his quotation.  Provided the new quote is within the parameters set by us we will proceed with him and hopefully commence construction in April 2020.

To read the leaflet about the proposed Parish Community Centre click on 
Parishioner Advice.docx

Read Frequently asked questions  from parishioners and the responses to those questions.

The artist interpretation of the completed Parish Community Centre from the rear.


The following photos are from almost complete down to commencement. So if you want to see the construction as it progressed start from the bottom of the page and work your way back up to here.

Photos of Progress up to week 36

Monday 27/1/21. 

Week 36

Handover day is booked for 12/2/21, but subject to weather for landscaping.

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Tara’s office



The kitchen


Photos of Progress up to week 33



Monday 11/1/21. 

Week 34

Landscaping starts this coming week 

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The conference room with the operable wall installed. What does this mean? The blue wall you see can be closed as it is shown here, or open to combine with the meeting room.

Another view of the conference room, looking toward the courtyard.

The meeting room. You can see the operable walls on both left and right sides.  The left side is closer to the actual colour (SJB) - or is it the Sharks?


View of the Youth room, looking out toward the front doors and small kitchen. Note the viewing window behind the kitchen which provide visual from the Youth workers’ office on the other side.

View of the Youth room from the front looking to the operable wall and doorway through to the offices.

View of the main kitchen. The benchtops are stainless steel for durability and ease of cleaning. Appliances coming soon.

The hallway showing the rooms on the right and out to the courtyard on the left. Kitchen is at the far end.

Photos of Progress up to week 31 - Christmas week


Tuesday 22/12/20. 

Week 31 is floor coverings week and final touches to the Kitchen.

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We have finally got Council approval to amend the landscape plan after 12 weeks. Thank you Deidree Steinwall for your assistance in getting this finalised.

The lino has been laid in the corridor and kitchens. A new day dawns and the carpet layers arrive.


The white floor section is simply temporary covers to prevent dirty tradies feet on the new carpet.

A view from the other end. Carpet almost finished. It extends into each of the cupboards.


Photos of Progress up to week 30

Wednesday 16/12/20. 

In weeks 29 & 30 we again saw major steps toward completion. Painting is completed and ready for floor coverings next week. 

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Darren the builder checking the plans in the kitchen.

The view from the back wall of the conference room through to the front of the building. Colour will be added via carpet, furniture and movable walls.

Corridor to meetings rooms on the left and courtyard right.


The storage cupboards in the meeting rooms (9 in total). Shelving will be added later, when we workout the needs of various ministries.

One of the bathrooms


Looking from the front of the building back toward the rear.


Side wall of the Centre joining the playground. Path to be cemented next week.

 
Photos of Progress up to week 28 (2/12/20)

Wednesday 2/12/20. 

In weeks 27 & 28 we again saw major steps toward completion. ZOOM IN FOR A BETTER VIEW

A cupboard full of spaghetti, that will soon guide our electricity, data and voices to the correct areas of the Community Centre.

These are the storage cupboards, which are right down the western wall.

The windows from the large conference room, out to the courtyard.


Double doors from the corridor to the courtyard with louvre windows either side. There are 3 sets of these doors and windows right down the corridor.


and with the windows open.


The view from the back wall of the conference room through to the front of the building.


Looking from the front of the building back toward the rear.


The offices viewed from the front door.

The offices now with walls in.

The kitchen, with servery through the large window on the left to outside.

The corridor between the meeting rooms and courtyard.




Photos of Progress up to week 26 (20/11/20)

Friday 20/11/20. 

In weeks 25 & 26 we saw more significant progress. The windows and doors are in and more internal work.

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The new front windows are in.

The doorway shown at the top of the steps leads into the Youth Matters room. The priest office windows (left) have been replaced to blend with the new windows.

Looking from the Youth Matters room down to the meeting and conference rooms. The blue windows (left) separate the rooms from the corridor. (they will not be blue, they will be clear!)

The corridor leading to each of the meeting rooms on the right and the courtyard on the left.  At the end of the corridor is the kitchen, and bathrooms around the corner to the right.


The kitchen at the front left and corridor leading to the 3 bathrooms.


One of the tiled bathrooms.


The new front doors, which will be automated sliding doors. Tara’s new office is directly inside the doors, with a window inviting people to enquire there.


The Courtyard between the Parish Community Centre and the Presbytery.

Photos of Progress up to week 24 (06/11/20)

Friday 06/11/20. 

In weeks 23 & 24 we saw major advancement. The brick walls are up, windows in and more internal work.

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At the front of this picture is the kitchen, with servery through the large window to outside.

Three windows to the bathrooms, next to the kitchen.


On the left of this shot is the back wall which is adjacent to the school playground.

The concrete seen here is the corridor connecting the three meeting rooms, kitchen and bathrooms. The windows and wall frames are to the meeting rooms.

Part of the meeting and conference rooms with the air conditioning unit installed.

The Courtyard between the Parish Community Centre and the Presbytery.


Photos of Progress up to week 22 (23/10/20)

Friday 23/10/20. 

In week 22 we saw major advancement. The roof sheeting has been done and brick work commenced.

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Roof sheeting on the new section

Brick work starts and should be completed next week.


Inside looking from Youth Matters room through to the meeting and conference rooms.

Storage cupboards right along the western wall

Looks boring, but the track in the ceiling here will take the operable walls, enabling rooms to be joined or separated.

The conference room and bathrooms and kitchen in the back.

Photos of Progress up to week 21 (17/10/20)

Friday 17/10/20. 

Four and a half months after commencement the building is starting to take shape. There has been more progress internally and in roof sub structure this last week.

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Zoom in for the picture of Tia Dewberry doing a site inspection with dad


Photos of Progress up to week 20 (9/10/20)

Friday 9/10/20. 

Four months after commencement the building is starting to take shape. There has been a lot more progress this last week.

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Internal walls going in

View of the three meeting rooms with bathrooms and kitchen in the distance

The Corridor leading to the meeting rooms


Photos of Progress up to week 19 (2/10/20)

Four months after commencement, the building is starting to take shape. There has been a lot of progress this last two weeks now the steel is on site.

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Photos of Progress up to week 17 (18/9/20)

We have experienced delays in having the steel frame delivered and erected by the steel fabricator. We remain hopeful that construction will be completed early in the new year.


Stairs to the Youth Matters room.


View from the old centre looking back.

The steel frame has been delivered construction commenced.


Chair selected for the new meeting rooms, but ours will be blue. Padded seats for those in regular use, and unpadded for those in storage.


Tables for the new centre. Most tables will be on wheels and easily folded for storage.


Photos of Progress up to week 12 (19/8/20)

Some rain has seen us lose a few days, but the slab has now been poured and left to cure for 1-2 weeks. Meanwhile progress will continue in the front of the building around the entrance.

Monday morning all hands pouring concrete  for the slab.

Half way through the pour

All finished on Monday


Tuesday 18/8. Looking from the school hall back toward the old Parish Centre

And again

The view from the old Parish Centre

Not much left of the old Parish Centre now. Walls gone and roof sheets off.


Photos of Progress in week 8 and 9 (30/7/20)


Not a great deal of visual progress over the past two weeks.  We have lost a few days to rain, but preparations for the concrete slab have continued.  Most work has been in the front section, beside Fr Leo’s old office where it is being extended across and out.


Video of Progress up to week 7 (16/7/20)

Progress up to week 7 ‎‎(16/7/20)‎‎


Photos of Progress in week 7 (16/7/20)

Some rain this week saw a small delay in laying bricks. However by Thursday the bricking has been completed. This delay will push back the laying of the slab by a few days.

Tuesday morning rain

Wednesday - first bricks laid

First layer of brick wall complete and ready for the slab to be laid


Photos of Progress early in week 6 (8/7/20)

The view from the old Parish Centre toward the school hall.


A lot of ‘inground’ work is happening this week and next week in preparation for the concrete slab to be laid by about 21/7/20.  Progress is just a half a day behind the schedule, due to rain.

The view of the new courtyard from the school hall back toward the Parish Centre, yet to be landscaped.

Outside foundations concreted

Preparation of internal foundations

First bricks on site

Photos of Progress early in week 5 (30/6/20)

Photos of Progress early in week 4 (23/6/20)


Old Parish Centre

Much of the in ground plumbing completed

Trench for the footings of the end wall

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Supporting another local business - Engadine Heathcote Landscape Supplies


Photos of Progress early in week 3 (16/6/20)

Fr Loe’s Office disappearing

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Photos of Progress early in week 2 (9/6/20)