Blacktown council chatter: Award-winning hub design 'sets a benchmark'

pic of award winning  Bungarribee Community Resource Hub
pic of award winning Bungarribee Community Resource Hub

THE Bungarribee Community Resource Hub has won its first award, just seven months after it opened.

It won the government leadership for urban development category at the recent Urban Development Institute of Australia NSW awards, which recognise excellence in urban development industry.

The judges said the centre set the benchmark for councils, state agencies and communities to collaborate to provide major long-term community assets.

They commended architect Rod Simpson on delivering an innovative sustainable building, built from rice straw bale walls rendered with site sourced clay.

The farm building characteristics reflect the history of the former Bungarribee Estate, a major rural estate and breeding ground for the horse racing industry.

The $4.9 million hub was a partnership between Blacktown Council and UrbanGrowth NSW.

The hub's design was based on feedback from residents and students from the new Bungarribee estate and surrounding suburbs.