Striking public artwork approved for new Westall Hub project
20 September 2016
Westall’s new $8.9million community hub will feature a striking new public artwork by successful artist Ian Bracegirdle.
Construction of the impressive new community facility –co-located on the Westall Primary School and Westall Secondary College site – is now underway.
The Westall Hub will offer a range of vital community services including:
- new library branch with a focus on digital learning
- a range of early years services including maternal and child health services
- space for a broad range of services including financial counselling and community health care.
The new library plus maternal and child health services are expected to be up and running at the new site in July 2017.
Students at the current Westall Kindergarten site will then be transitioned over to the new facility in early 2018.
The project has been funded by Kingston Council ($6.55m) and the Victorian Government ($2.35m).
Kingston Council’s City Assets and Environment General Manager Daniel Freer said the landmark community building deserved an impressive public artwork to welcome people to the new centre.
“Fifteen artists submitted ideas for the site, with Kingston’s Arts and Cultural Advisory Committee unanimously selected Bracegirdle’s plant-like sculpture which harks back to the area’s history of market gardens,” Mr Freer said.
“It features translucent glass tiles that are illuminated from within and contain the language, signs and symbols of the various cultural groups in the Westall community, who will have the opportunity to work with the artist to contribute to these.”
Mr Freer said the valuable community asset was part of Council’s ongoing investment into quality early learning centres in the municipality.
“The Westall Hub will also offer a new public digital library which will help our community gain access to much-need modern technology.”