Civic space goes to waste

What a waste: Councillor Steve Bali outside what's left of the old Doonside baby health clinic, which opened on March 16, 1969 and closed several years ago. Picture: Geoff Jones

What a waste: Councillor Steve Bali outside what's left of the old Doonside baby health clinic, which opened on March 16, 1969 and closed several years ago. Picture: Geoff Jones

A HEALTH centre for babies operated for more than 40 years out of this Doonside building.

Today, the site has gone to waste and become a target of antisocial behaviour.

Recently smashed windows have been boarded up while the remains of burnt-out milk crates are yet to be cleared.

Cr Stephen Bali wants Blacktown Council to bring a new life into the site.

"It could be used for three or four small community groups to give them a chance to become bigger groups," he said.

"Having a phone, office and meeting space would give them a professional look. They could share costs and resources while they get established."

Groups that have expressed interest include No Badgerys Creek Airport Inc and Blacktown and District Environment Group.

Cr Bali believes his idea would benefit the surrounding area.

"Leaving it vacant would have an effect on the kindergarten and senior citizens centre," he said.

"A lot of community groups meet after hours. Activity at night would prevent anti-social behaviour."

He was told by council officers that site will be cleaned, along with maintenance works to the centre later this month.

''Sydney West Area Health Service was the previous occupant and  formally vacated the premises in 2013 after advising council they would no longer required the site,'' she said.

''There is a number of building maintenance improvements that need to be carried out to this building.  Council is actively working to secure a tenancy and, at the same time, will coordinate maintenance improvements for occupancy by a new organisation.   Council has until recently received no formal interest from any party to lease the building.  Council is currently developing a Community Leasing Policy and will seek to have the premises leased by a community organisation. ''

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