Making a start: Progress on Oberon Community Hub project

STARTED: The contract for the consultation and design phase for the Oberon Community Hub has been awarded to Coffey Services Australia.
STARTED: The contract for the consultation and design phase for the Oberon Community Hub has been awarded to Coffey Services Australia.

The contract for the consultation and design phase for the Oberon Community Hub has been awarded after expressions of interest were received from 16 organisations.

Coffey Services Australia has been given the contract and Oberon Council expects to be reviewing a concept design in December.

The NSW Government announced $3 million in funding - from its $170 million Drought Stimulus Package - for the Community Hub project last year.

The money will be used to expand the Oberon Library and redevelop the Hub precinct with function, meeting and exhibition spaces as well as an area dedicated to youth.

The initial stage of the project was to seek a consultant to undertake consultation and design.

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The Oberon Council panel responsible for the evaluation and shortlist of five organisations/consultants for interview consisted of council's corporate services director Lynette Safranek; planning and development director Paul Sullivan; and library manager Astrid Kriening.

Expressions of interest for stage one were received from 16 organisations, including two locally based, which were scored against the criteria of management, technical skills, methodology, location and sustainability, according to council.

Council says Coffey has more than 50 years of experience in project management working with regional councils.

Council says Coffey advised it would ensure appropriate community consultation through targeted doorknocking, letter drops and workshops, among other methods.

In a report to councillors, Ms Safranek said in the initial phase, the proposed Oberon Community Hub project would involve demolishing the existing Community Centre building and the Community Dental Health building which are located either side of the existing library.

"However, other options/locations would need to be considered to secure the right location," her report said.

Council's review of the concept design will take place at its December 15 meeting.