• Tracey Trueman

Better than the Block

Works at Sorrento Community Centre to improve the functionality, comfort and safety of the building are nearing completion.

Nepean Ward Councillors Tim Rodgers and Hugh Fraser said works are coming along really well.

“The large meeting space has been modified to provide better sound insulation from the stadium, with new windows and use of natural light. A new kitchenette will also be installed offering centre participants a place to grab a coffee or other refreshments.

“The staff office and reception areas have also been re-worked to provide a more welcoming space for visitors and a more comfortable and functional work area for staff,” said Cr Rodgers.

Cr Fraser added that the heating and cooling system is being upgraded, and the meeting spaces, offices, reception desk and art room will have new air-conditioning.

“Some reworking of the main entrance will also provide a more effective air lock to reduce cold draughts throughout the building, and additional works to the entrance include landscaping and a ramp to improve access for all.

"It will be a wonderful new and improved space for the whole community,” he said.

Councillors Rodgers and Fraser thanked the Sorrento Community Centre team, visitors and user groups for their input throughout the planning process and patience while works have been underway.

Tracey Trueman, Manager Sorrento Community Centre said staff and volunteers are thrilled with the design of the new front entrance, office space and training rooms.

“The project has been funded by Mornington Peninsula Shire, and we are grateful to Cr Rodgers and Cr Fraser who championed the project after the Board approached Council with the results of the Community Consultation that had been conducted.

“We needed a place that was warm, accessible, inviting and interactive, that contributes to a strong and healthy community.

“The building is now twelve years old and the new renovations will meet the future needs of the people of Sorrento and surrounding areas.

“The community, the team of volunteers and staff will be able to enjoy the building and a whole range of activities in warm, light and inviting spaces,” she said.

The training room will be ideal for meetings and classes and the meeting space at the end of the corridor will be an area that can be used socially and as a pop up office space with internet access.

Works on the $250,000 project began in March, and are expected to be completed by June.

Sorrento Community Centre is located at 860 – 868 Melbourne Road Sorrento and offers a range of activities and courses for the community.

For more information about the programs offered at the centre please visit:


PIC details: Ian Hipwell (Site Foreman, Ducon), Caroline Taylor (Enrolment Admin – Sorrento Community Centre), Tracey Trueman (Manager – Sorrento Community Centre), Jemmah Gregory (Early Learning – Sorrento Community Centre), Cr Hugh Fraser (Mornington Peninsula Shire Nepean Ward Councillor).

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