Newtown Community Facilities Upgrade

We're upgrading Newtown Community Facilities in the next three years to meet growing community needs.

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Project sites and activities

The three sites under consideration are: 

  • Newtown Community and Cultural Centre, corner of Colombo and Rintoul streets
  • Newtown Hall, 71 Daniell Street
  • Network Newtown, 9 Constable Street (next to Newtown Library)

Newtown Community and Cultural Centre

The centre hosts a diverse range of activities and programmes including regular school holiday programmes and activities for youth, concerts, gigs, theatrical performances, exercise and language classes and cultural activities.

It's home to a number of community services such as the Wellington Timebank, Newtown Citizens' Advice Bureau and the Newtown Tool Library. The building has a community theatre, a dance studio and two meeting rooms. These are available for community groups to hire for projects and programmes run from the centre.

Newtown Hall

This community hall is used for a variety of activities such as church groups, exercise classes, choirs, theatre groups, dance and martial arts classes, community meetings and holiday programmes.

Network Newtown

Network Newtown is home to Smart Newtown. It also features a large classroom used by community groups and organisations to deliver education programmes. Smart Newtown provides free internet access and computer training for those who may not have access otherwise.

We're working with the community to get the best results

We are supporting a co-design process by encouraging the community to participate in the design of the facilities. The plans will take into account the community's vision and future needs from the centres. This includes looking at what physical resources could help build and support a strong and connected social environment.

The Our Town Newtown project group was formed to help support this process. The group includes Newtown Community and Cultural Centre, Newtown Residents Association and Welington City Council. Our Town Newtown has gathered extensive feedback from the wider community through a series of "Shine a Light on Newtown" workshops, surveys, and interviews with residents. The progress report on this feedback is now available to read on the link below. 

Have your say on the designs

You can give your feedback on the proposed options for concept designs on the Newtown Community and Cultural Centre website.

Feedback noticeboards on the designs will be open until Wednesday 26 September at:

  • Kia ora Newtown, 6 Constable Street
  • Newtown Community & Cultural Centre

The final workshop is Saturday 27 October, 1pm - 3pm at the Newtown Community & Cultural Centre where the concept design will be presented.

Timeline

Phase one: Collaborating with the community to develop ideas

May – July 2017: Project hub at 199 Riddiford St
May – September 2017: 473 people shared their views via questionnaire and interviews
June – August 2017: 3 Shine a Light on Newtown workshops 
March 2018: Progress report published

Phase two: Concept design (We are here!)

July – October 2018: Concept Design workshops with the community
October – December 2018: Designs developed for construction

Phase three: Construction

TBC 2019: Construction begins

Progress update

More information

For more information, please contact:

Sophie Parsons, Community Partnerships Coordinator
Phone: 04 803 8238
Email: sophie.parsons@wcc.govt.nz