First sod turned on construction of the Aurora Community Activity Centre


Local officials and Lendlease staff in high-vis vests and safety helmets turning over dirt on the site with shovels

On Thursday 25 July 2019, State Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny, along with City of Whittlesea Mayor Lawrie Cox, and Lendlease Head of Development Victoria, Residential & Urban Regeneration Tom Trevaskis, turned the initial sod for the new $6.5M Community Activity Centre in Aurora.

The crowd gathered for the indigenous smoking ceremony

A sacred smoking ceremony was held by a Wurundjeri Elder on the site to welcome the project to the area and to acknowledge that works on the site will shortly commence.

Sacred smoking ceremony by a Wurundjeri Elder, where leaves are burned to create smoke

We anticipate that works will commence in August, with completion anticipated within 12 months. Once complete, the Centre will include kindergarten rooms, maternal and child health consulting rooms and multi-purpose meeting rooms. The opening of the facility will be determined by Council.

The site where the Aurora Community Activity Centre will be built is currently a level area of bare land.

The Community Activity Centre is located in the Edgars Creek Education and Community Precinct and is the first community facility that Lendlease has provided and delivered in the project.