Community interest in Civic Centre vision

Over the past two weeks there has been considerable community interest in Council’s vision for the Civic Centre site. Three Community Information Meetings were held – attended by over 90 local residents, business people and others – at which Mayor Peter Abelson outlined problems with the current civic facilities and options for new facilities and community spaces on the site.

Community feedback at these meetings was passionate and varied. Some raised the need for a performance space in any new development; many raised concern about traffic and parking on Myahgah Road and The Crescent; and others debated the most appropriate scale of new development (i.e. within current height/floor space ratio limits, or exceeding these limits?).

The presentation given by the Mayor at these meetings can be viewed on Council’s website. A fourth information meeting with local architects will be held next week.

In other news…

The Civic Centre Needs Analysis prepared by HBO+EMTB can now be viewed on Council’s website. This report provides a comprehensive assessment of the capability of the existing Council administration, library and art gallery buildings to adequately meet Council’s operational needs now and in the future. Some content has been omitted as it contains commercial in confidence material.

The exhibition period has been extended until 25 March 2015.

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