A DROP-IN centre will be set up next week as part of the next steps in the project to build a new Community Hub in Oberon.
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As part of its Community Strategic Plan, Oberon Council has started the process for the design and construction of the new hub.
This process involves the engagement of a project manager from Coffey Services Australia to carry out community consultation to develop a design and functional brief as well as a concept design.
Targeted consultation sessions were conducted yesterday and a drop-in centre will be at the Oberon Library from noon to 6pm next Wednesday, October 14 and in front of the Oberon Council Chambers on Thursday, October 15 for public consultation.
Council says letters of support for the project have been received from Oberon Youth Council, Friends of Oberon Library, Borg Manufacturing, State Library NSW, Arts Outwest and Oberon University of the Third Age (U3A).
Those who cannot make it to a consultation session are still able to have their say by emailing council at firstname.lastname@example.org or via a letter to council at PO Box 84, Oberon, 2787. Coffey will also be posting an online survey for the community at a date to be confirmed.
Council says the proposed scope for the hub project will involve demolishing the existing Community Centre building and the Community Dental Health building located either side of the Oberon Library on the corner of Fleming and Dart streets.
The scope includes extensions to the existing library to create the following community spaces within an approximately 1200 square metre single level building: a flexible function, meeting room and exhibition space sufficient to seat 300 people; increased library floor space to meet population-based benchmarks set by State Library NSW; CTC space sufficient for 12 community access computers; foyer/display space; and a youth space.
The proposal also includes a business centre space which will include an NBN Fast Hub. This space will enable local and visiting businesses to hire the room for business purposes, ensuring they have the digital connectivity for fast and efficient business meetings and business activities.
Council has obtained a $3 million government grant linked to the delivery of the Community Hub, which cannot be used for any other purpose.
It is anticipated that a concept design will be completed by December 2020, with the design continuing through 2021, then into construction, which is anticipated to be completed by mid-2022.
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