Moonee Valley City Council officially virtually launched the refurbishment of the Clocktower Centre’s new spaces on Friday, 8 October.
The refurbishment includes new and improved facilities such as a dedicated children’s space, refurbished café, writer’s room, podcast studio, coworking space and new amenities.
Mayor of Moonee Valley Cam Nation said that the refurbishment and addition of new and improved spaces makes this facility more accessible and provides more opportunities for local residents and creatives.
“After a very challenging time for the arts community over the last 18 months of the pandemic, it is brilliant to see such an important facility for our community like the Clocktower Centre being refurbished,” Mayor Nation said.
“This will provide more opportunities and spaces for local residents and creatives to utilise, especially as we come out of lockdown and into a more COVID-normal setting.”
The interactive children’s space includes a little library, games and sensory activities which has already hosted shadow puppet workshops and a LEGO exhibition.
The refurbished café provides a comfortable space for the community to meet and is complemented by the newly restored 1898 Bechstein grand piano. The Centre is also home to the first designated Writers Room within the City.
“It’s these creative spaces that are enabling the next generation of creatives to thrive in Moonee Valley,” Mayor Cam Nation said.
The uncertainty of the pandemic has taken a toll on many Moonee Valley residents and creatives and Mayor Nation says an iconic local facility like the Clocktower Centre, will be essential and enjoyed by many in the coming months.
“I am absolutely delighted to commemorate the completion of this refurbishment and look forward to seeing these facilities being enjoyed by our colleagues and community once it is safe to do so,” Mayor Nation said.
The Clocktower looks forward to welcoming Moonee Valley residents back to the Clocktower, which is due to open in line with the national roadmap.