Hills Hub in Emerald
- The hub is a beautiful, accessible and integrated facility that will support various volunteer, community and local business initiatives, bring several community groups and programs under one roof, and provide a great location for community, arts and social events.
- Several community groups and organisations are currently operating from the facility.
- Rooms and spaces in the hub are available for hire on a regular or casual basis. Submit a booking enquiry through Booking Cardinia.
Open to the public Monday to Friday, 9:30am to 2:30pm (except public holidays and extreme fire danger days).
Community groups and organisations operating from the hub
Corner of Belgrave-Gembrook and Beaconsfield-Emerald roads, Emerald
(Next to Worrell Reserve and Emerald Library, directly opposite the shops).
Parking is available in the Worrell Reserve car park. Enter the car park via the roundabout at the intersection of Belgrave-Gembrook Road and Emerald-Monbulk Road.
The bus stop is located right outside the facility.
Features of the facility
- 3 multi-purpose rooms (can be converted into 1 large hall)
- Commercial style kitchen with pass
- 2 community lounge areas and kitchenette
- Entry foyer and reception area
- Accessible amenities (available to the public during office hours).
- Workshop and loading bay
- 2 training rooms (can be converted into 1 large training room)
- One consulting suite
- One meeting room
- One informal meeting space
- One arts/performance space
The Hills Hub adjoins the Emerald Library via a pathway, landscaping and a reading garden, providing a lovely outdoor space for people to gather.
Photo slideshow of the Hill Hub
Support for local business and the arts
The Hills Hub has meeting, consulting and training rooms available for hire to support local businesses and training organisations to improve local training opportunities and employment pathways.
- The arts and performance space and events program will support existing and emerging artists and increase local participation in and appreciation for local arts projects.
How the Hills Hub benefits the community
The Hills Hub responds to the emerging needs of local residents in Cockatoo, Emerald, Gembrook and surrounding Hills townships.
Bringing several community groups under one roof better connects people in the community, increases social interaction, and provides improved access to a range of community activities including skills-based learning.
History of the Hills Hub
The $8.1 million Hills Hub project was funded by:
- Cardinia Shire Council: $5.97 million
- The Australian Government’s National Stronger Regions Fund: $1.5 million
- The Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund: $1.5 million
- Dandenong Ranges Community Bank Group in partnership with the Eastern Dandenong Ranges Project Group: $250,000
· The Hills Hub, which has been a number of years in the making, was developed in close consultation with the local community.
· To ensure the hub reflected the community’s needs, Council and the community established the Hills Hub Advisory Committee.
· The committee represented a cross section of stakeholders and interested parties to ensure the project built on community strengths and promoted community leadership.
The committee met regularly throughout the project with members representing these organisations:
· the Eastern Dandenong Ranges Project Group
· Emerald Mechanics Institute
· Emerald Men’s Shed
· Emerald U3A
· Emerald Village Association
· Lions and Rotary clubs
· Puffing Billy Toy Library
· Ranges Ward Councillors
· the Worrell Reserve Committee of Management
· many individual community members.
The advisory group met monthly from February 2015 and started the first phase of the design process. The preferred design concept was endorsed by the community after extensive engagement and consultation.
Council acknowledges the community, stakeholders and contributors for their ongoing collaboration and perseverance. In particular, we thank the advisory group, who worked diligently to ensure the project moved forward, and the Emerald Mechanics Institute, who managed community programs at the former hall over the past 25 years.