LOCAL residents have just over three weeks to have their say on Bega’s new Civic Centre.
Last week, tenderer Hines Construction released its proposed plans for the building.
The Bega Valley Shire Council has put the development application and plans – for a “public administration building with ancillary entertainment facility” - on public exhibition.
The new Civic Centre is a two-storey building that features an auditorium seating 500 people, stage area and dressing rooms, commercial kitchen, meeting rooms, large foyer areas on both floors and council chambers.
Most importantly, the construction will incorporate the existing Bega town hall structure.
Project manager Andrew Stewart said plans for the Civic Centre were on track.
Mr Stewart said he was happy to respond to any questions from residents about the plans.
“It’s going pretty well,” he said.
“We are very happy with the design and think we are getting great bang for our buck.”
Mr Stewart said the plans will undergo “internal reviews” at the council, including by the access committee.
“They will review it, but I believe they have nothing to oppose to,” he said.
Mr Stewart confirmed that no construction work is likely to take place on site before Christmas.
However, civil works will be undertaken by the council on site.
Mr Stewart said it would be “roughly 15 months” until the project is complete.
In September, it was announced that Bathurst-based Hines Construction had won the tender for the Civic Centre DA.
Hines Construction submitted two DA packages, one for early works and another for main construction works.
Construction manager from Hines Grant Bryan said “it’s a very exciting project for us” and Hines would “utilise the existing structure, which we realised is very important to the people of Bega” (BDN, 27/9).
The plans are available to view until November 20 at the council’s administration centre in Zingel Place, Bega, from 9am until 4pm.
The council is calling for public feedback on the plans.
Anyone objecting to the proposal can write a letter to The General Manager, Bega Valley Shire Council, PO Box 492, Bega, NSW, 2550.
* To view a walkthrough video of the Civic Centre plans, click here.
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