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Development application for city Cultural Hub

Wednesday, 5th February, 2020

A picture from the “fly-through” video of Council’s Community Hub and Library Archive project. A picture from the “fly-through” video of Council’s Community Hub and Library Archive project.

By Emily McInerney

City Council has lodged its development application to the Joint Regional Planning Panel for the city’s Cultural Hub.

The DA outlines plans which include the construction of a modern library and archive, a new carpark, and refurbishment of the Town Hall facade.

Council has also committed $6 million toward the first stage of the $20 million Cultural Precinct and Library and Archive project.

A Council spokesman said yesterday there had been changes made to the design of the project, the most recent being a redesign of the roof to better use renewable energy. 

The timeline for approval of the DA is subject to the Joint Regional Planning Panel’s assessment process.

“Our plan at this stage is to commit $6 million obtained through commercial operations during the W2BH pipeline construction, and combine it with the generous donation from the BHP Billiton Foundation,” Mayor Darriea Turley said last week.

“That would provide us with around $10 million in seed funding to go to the both the State and Federal Governments and seek support for the remaining project cost.

“Our discussions with the BHP Billiton Foundation around the project have been positive so far, and if they come on board I believe that seed funding will hold in very good stead.

“We’ll be able to show that we’re not just looking for a handout; we can match any funds dollar-for-dollar, and we have a meticulously planned project that is worthy of Government support.”

The second stage of the project will involve refurbishing the police station and house on the site next door and making them available for commercial operators.

(A full list of the Cultural Precinct and Library & Archive project’s features can be found at: https://www.brokenhill.nsw.gov.au/Council/Projects-and-Initiatives/Cultural-Precinct-and-Library-Archive)

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