Highway Gallery Media Response

Questions and Responses

Regarding the petition submitted to Council last night (at Council meeting 27 February) concerning the Highway Gallery:

Could you please give me the basic context around why the gallery needs to be sold in relation to the youth centre?

In 2016 Council committed to a major refurbishment of the Mount Waverley Community Centre and the Mount Waverley Youth Centre and to incorporate Highway Gallery and the Monash Waverley Community Information and Support Services (MWCISS).

These two groups are currently housed in buildings that are more than 40 years old, and Council believes that they are no longer fit for community purposes. Council will use the proceeds of the sale of the two properties to fund the redevelopment.

 What is the status regarding the gallery? Has the process to sell it started?

Council has resolved to sell the two properties, and has undertaken  the necessary statutory processes to enable this to happen.  The properties are ready to be placed on the market for sale, but this has not happened yet and will not happen until the refurbishment of the Mount Waverley Community Centre and the Mount Waverley Youth Centre has been completed so that the Gallery and the Monash Waverley Community Information and Support Services  can move in to the new facility.

Once the refurbishment works are completed mid this year the new spaces can be occupied and in turn  the properties can be formally placed on the market for sale.

Gallery president Robyna Davies proposes that both galleries (Highway and The Atrium) be retained and a Mt Waverley Arts Precinct be established - is this something council may look at?

Council already has an established cultural and arts services in Miller Crescent, Mount Waverley, which includes Mount Waverley Library, Waverley Historical Society and craft and hobby activities at Wadham House.

The Mount Waverley Community Centre will have the capacity to offer a range of creative activities in its refurbished spaces, with a focus on flexibility. The community will be able to enjoy a range of activities at this one stop shop. 

The new refurbished building has been designed to accommodate the existing Gallery within it.  Council has always been clear that the sale of the two buildings must be sold to fund the major works that are being undertaken.

Has a specific arts precinct been considered for the area?

As above, we already have an established precinct in Miller Crescent.

Anything else?

More information can be found here: https://www.monash.vic.gov.au/About-Us/Council-Projects/Decision-to-sell-two-Mount-Waverley-properties#resolution

Issued: Thursday, 1 March 2018
To: Monash Leader
Quoting: Mayor, Councillor Paul Klisaris