THE State Government has today announced that the Derwent Valley Community House will relocate to the former Blair St Kindergarten in New Norfolk. Vacant since last year, the old pre-school will be renovated at a cost of around $300,000.
This brings to an end several years of negotiations to shift the Community House to a council-controlled building. The original plan announced in 2014 was for the centre to move several doors along The Avenue at Willow Court, swapping its current location in the old Royal Derwent Hospital Primary School for the recently-renovated section of B Ward/Bront House. The next proposal was to shift to the Carinya Education Park at the top end of Blair St.
Today's announcement, made after a meeting between the council and State Cabinet at New Norfolk earlier in the day, will see the Community House transfer to the Kindergarten building at 56 Blair St, next door to the Derwent Valley Child and Family Centre.