Hundreds of people turned the The Hub into a hive of activity at its opening last Saturday.
The Hub is the new $4.9 million Bungarribee Community Resource Hub in Bungarribee, off Doonside Road.
Activities on offer included play group sessions, exercise classes, computer training and cooking lessons.
There was also art and craft, environment and sustainability activities, a plant giveaway and entertainment provided by jazz band Sauer Kraut Stompers and Fairy Wishes, dance performances, children’s rides, face painting and a free sausage sizzle organised by Blacktown Rotary Club.
Stuart McCowan, general manager of development for Bunya, said many community groups were involved with the planning of the project.
Blacktown mayor Len Robinson said the involvement of the community in its design and development was integral to providing opportunities for individuals and families to achieve their potential.
The Hub — designed by architect Rod Simpson — reflects the history of Bungarribee Estate which was a major rural breeding area for Australia’s horse racing industry.
Two public artworks surrounding the building celebrate the Aboriginal and European heritage of Bungarribee.
Patterns of Place, the artwork facade by local textile designer and Darug Aboriginal artist Robyn Caughlan, is about 6.4 metres high and features hundreds of ghost gum spirits etched into fibre cement panels.
Jockey Colours comprises several decorative wall panels designed by students based on the theme of jockey silks.
Two additional art projects — Big Seat and a heritage cabinet — will be unveiled later this year.