25 July 2023

Wagga motor club eagerly gearing up to move into new home

| Jarryd Rowley
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Wagga’s Veteran and Vintage Motor Club is counting down the days to a move into the new Duke of Kent Community Centre. Photo: Wagga Wagga City Council.

The Wagga Wagga Veteran and Vintage Motor Club will be moving into a new home once the construction of the new Duke of Kent Community Centre is completed at the end of August.

The development of the new facility began in 2020 following the Vintage Motor Club’s decision to sell its previous site on Morgan Street in 2020.

Wagga Wagga City Council committed to building the centre following the sale, with promises that community groups outside of the motor club may also have access to the venue.

Construction has progressed faster than expected, with significant work being completed in recent weeks.

The council is looking to open the centre by the end of August.

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The council’s manager of recreation and economic development Ben Creighton said the partnership with local contractor Adaptive Interiors had helped the build move smoothly since the beginning of the project in late 2022.

“All external doors and windows are now in place, along with the external cladding,” Mr Creighton said.

“Currently, the focus is on the internal fitout and concreting, with work on the car park scheduled to commence soon.”

Mr Creighton said the project cost about $695,000, but would be an investment in the community.

“When it is complete, we will have a modern, high-quality space in central Wagga Wagga that will support social connectedness and the activities of our local community groups,” he said.

Wagga Veteran and Vintage Motor Club vice-president Rob Le Lievre has been working with the council on the project and said he was excited about the club being able to settle into its new location.

“We have been working with Wagga Council since before our previous location was sold,” Mr Le Lievre said.

“We agreed that we had outgrown our previous space and that it was probably time to look for a different space.”

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Mr Le Lievre liaised with the council throughout the planning stage of the building to ensure the club’s needs would be met.

“It has been built with us [the motor club], but it will serve as a hub for several other community groups as well,” he said.

The motor club will use the facility in tandem with the University of the Third Age.

Members of both groups had the opportunity to visit the site early last week, with Mr Le Lievre calling the new building a delight.

“We are all very excited about being able to settle into the new building,” he said.

”Provided there are no unforeseen delays, we should be able to this time next month.”

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