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Contributions for Stage 1 engagement have now closed.


We are planning a brand new Community Hub for the growing Charlemont community.

The Horseshoe Bend Community Hub will be located on the corner of Amber Avenue and Precinct Road and will be home to early years services (i.e. kindergarten and maternal and child health) and multipurpose community spaces.

We're seeking your help to ensure the Horseshoe Bend Community Hub is a functional and friendly facility for all members of the community to socialise and participate in various programs and events.

Conversations so far have focused on user experiences at existing community hubs and have informed the following draft design priorities for the Horseshoe Bend Community Hub.

Now we want to make sure that the priorities align with the aspirations of the community. What do you think?

  • Read more on the draft design priorities and how they were developed below.
  • Share your thoughts via the quick poll (now closed - see quick poll results on this page).

Results of the poll and other feedback received will help us adapt and finalise the priorities as we progress the design process.

Draft Design Priorities

Many recent conversations have taken place to inform various planning projects across the City of Greater Geelong.

We have learned from:

  • Trees are a valued asset and play an important role in providing natural shade.
  • Passive supervision is important to ensure all users feel safe and connected - inside and outside of the building.
  • Developing spaces that can be used for many different activities and events - structured and unstructured.
  • Ease of access and navigation is important in a large scale building like this, as well as connecting paths to surrounding facilities and public transport.
  • Use of nature as an extension of the building - bringing the outdoors in and vice versa.

Many different influences have informed the draft design priorities, including:

  • Reflections on conversations to date (outlined above).
  • Council strategy and policy.

Now we want to make sure that the priorities align with the aspirations of the community.

The final design priorities will influence future decisions on the layout, functionality and materials used for the new Community Hub.

The identified themes will remain priority guidelines when faced with challenges or issues in decision making.


We're seeking your feedback on the draft priorities now, and any new emerging themes important to the community will be considered before finalisation.

If you would like to share ideas and provide feedback, you can do so by:

Share your ideas and inspirations!

What does your ideal community space look and feel like?

Help us ensure the new Horseshoe Bend Community Hub is one that the Charlemont community will embrace.

Let us know what your ideal community space would look and feel like. What would you do there?

  • Share your examples of community spaces that you enjoy.
  • Upload comments and/or photos.
  • Read and react to what others are sharing.

Other ways to provide feedback and stay updated

See below options to contact the Project Team to provide your thoughts, and follow this page to receive project updates.

Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely! You can find the contact details under 'Contact Us'. You can call or email us to give your feedback and we'll put it on the online system for you. Alternatively, we can send you a hardcopy form of our online tool which we'll also transfer online.

A Concept Design is the first phase of design for a new facility. It generally includes a floor plan to show functional components of the building and site, and accompanied by a vision board to show inspiration for materials and amenities.

We will seek feedback from the community once we have a draft Concept Design later in 2023.

Community Hubs play a significant role in providing various activities and programs that reflect the needs of their local communities. This is why it is important we hear from you, so that the Charlemont community can help shape what this new Hub means to them.

Examples of what happens at other Community Hubs in Geelong includes arts and craft, dance and karate, yoga and meditation, meetings and other corporate events, cooking classes, self learning and social groups, co-working spaces etc.

We need to ensure the building is designed to be flexible and accommodating to these activities.

The Horseshoe Bend Community Hub will also have kindergarten and maternal and child health services.

The City has received a State Government grant to support planning and design of the Horseshoe Bend Community Hub.

Construction of the new Community Hub will be funded by the City, with contributions also received from Developers. The City will also seek external grants to support delivery of the Hub.

You can find relevant documents in the 'Links' section of this webpage.

The Horseshoe Bend Community Hub was identified in early precinct planning for community facilities to service the Armstrong Creek communities.

The Marshall - Charlemont area is growing rapidly, with the current population of 5862 set to increase by 204 per cent to 17,859 residents by 2041.

It is important that this new and growing community have access to the facilities and services that they need.


Who's listening

Have questions or want to learn more about this project, contact us below:

Name Sarah Robinson, Senior Social Infrastructure Planner
Phone 03 5272 5044 or 0479 176 615

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