Building Projects

An important part of the experience you have at Cobaw are the spaces in which we provide services. The Board and staff regularly seek opportunities to review and improve our service delivery sites. On this page, you can find all the up-to-date information and progress on the building projects such as Romsey and the Healthy Community Access Hub in Kyneton, including any upcoming opportunities to contribute feedback at key points during the projects.

Romsey Build

In addition to the $733,000 Department of Health and Human Services funding obtained by Cobaw in September 2014 to establish a service site in Romsey, Cobaw in partnership with the Macedon Ranges Shire Council and the Greater Romsey All Abilities Park group successfully applied for a further $997,478 from the National Stronger Regions Fund in December 2015. The funding will enable the long held community vision to redevelop the historic old Romsey Primary School for ongoing community use and recognise the increasing need for accessible services in the east of the Shire. The project will include refurbishment of the existing school building to provide increased access to community health services in the town and construction of an all-abilities park. In terms of the building project, an architect has designed both the refurbished building and an extension to the existing building, and the process to appoint a construction company is well underway. The building is expected to be finished in early 2018.

Macedon Ranges Shire Council website page on the Romsey build – includes a link to the building design

Healthy Community Access Hub – Kyneton

In March 2017, it was announced that Cobaw’s application to the Labor Government’s new Regional Health Infrastructure Fund to build a new Healthy Community Access Hub in Kyneton was successful. The nearly $10 million of funding will go towards building a modern ‘one-stop-shop’ for accessing a range of community health services. The purpose-built hub will bring together primary health and community health services, private practitioners and counsellors and will feature a significant increase in multi-purpose consulting rooms. It will also feature the latest advances in e-health technology making it easier for clients to create and change bookings and access care from remote areas of the region. Construction is expected to commence in early 2018 and be completed by late 2019.

In late June, we hosted the first community information session relating to the build which provided the opportunity for community members to engage in a conversation, share ideas for the hub and receive an update on progress so far. We are committed to working with stakeholders to meet the health and wellbeing needs of the local community and are seeking to create a building that welcomes and supports community connections and activities.

Update 11 October 2017

In March 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced that Cobaw Community Health Services was successful in an application to the Regional Health Infrastructure Fund for $9.77M to establish a new community health facility in Kyneton. Cobaw has been a significant local provider of community health support services for over 30 years and this funding will give us a purpose-built new building on a greenfield site to ensure the best possible facilities for the community.

Cobaw established the Project Control Group (PCG) to lead this project in April 2017 and has focused on securing a suitable location to build the Healthy Community Access Hub (HCAH). Cobaw is now able to confirm that the preferred location for the new building will be a portion of the current Kyneton Primary School (KPS) site, at 7-15 Baynton Street, Kyneton.

This site provides a unique opportunity to create a hub of co-located health and community services in the very heart of Kyneton. This location will provide a central site that is accessible to everyone in the community. Cobaw will ensure that the HCAH is an integrated part of the site both aesthetically and functionally.

To progress this opportunity, it is Cobaw’s intention to request that a section of the Kyneton Primary School site be set apart for the new building. This would not include the current school buildings. Cobaw is value aligned, investment ready and in a financial position to contribute to a strong future for the former KPS site. To achieve this outcome, with support from the DHHS funding, we look forward to collaborating with the community, state and local government to realise a great outcome for the site.

Cobaw recognises the unique opportunity this funding provides to invest in creating a community facility that sits amidst a unique site, host to a broad range of community services and activities, all of which will contribute to a healthy and strong community. We look forward to being an active stakeholder in the current master planning process being facilitated by Macedon Ranges Shire Council.

Cobaw has valued the engagement thus far with staff, community members and community groups about the project since the funding announcement. As the project progresses the community will have further opportunity to engage with the PCG around the design of the building.