Plans for the Warburton Cerini Centre

There's hope the Cerini Centre in Warburton could turn to a space that offers affordable housing. PICTURE: SUPPLIED

Just as the Phoenix was reborn from its own ashes, the Cerini Centre in Warburton may be reborn as part of a new affordable social housing outreach plan.

The unique building was constructed many years ago by Fr Cerini, but he did more, he inspired and united a community.

Now a group of concerned citizens, the Warburton Advancement League (WAL), inspired by the life of Fr Cerini, wants to construct affordable housing adjacent to the Cerini Centre and repurpose the building as a meeting place.

WAL has been successful in obtaining a grant from the Community Bank Warburton (Bendigo Bank) to assist with the cost of undertaking a full feature survey of the site that will identify the titles and boundaries of the land surrounding the Cerini Centre.

Fr Cerini was not overly concerned about boundaries when he built the school however, the survey will enable a fully costed business and social housing project plan to be undertaken.

WAL is working with the existing landholders around the centre, the Yarra Ranges Council, the local Catholic Parish and the Education Department and ongoing discussions are encouraging.

The survey will be conducted at a heavily discounted rate by Thomas and George Land Surveyors, who are well respected in the Yarra Valley.