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COUNCIL'S NEW CIVIC AND
After purchasing the Bacchus Mar sh Secondar y College Junior
Campus, Council is now keen to move forward with the
transformation of the site into a new Civic and Community Hub.
The Civic and Community Hub site in Darley provides Council with
approximately 6.5 hectares of land, together with substantial buildings
and a range of spor ting facilities including a gymnasium area (with
changeroom amenities and canteen facility), and a science and
It is a notable acquisition for Council that will assist with addressing
a range of identified community and civic needs, according to
Mayor Cr Michael Tudball.
"Our communities are expanding quickly. The Darley site enables
Council to provide a range of recreation, civic and community ser vices
that were not previously feasible ," he said.
The acquisition of the site offer s a unique opportunity for Council to
merge its administrative arrangements, in turn reducing the
fragmentation and often dysfunctional arrangements that currently
exists. The site also provides oppor tunities for merging a range of
community health and specialist health ser vice providers on the site to
establish a permanent presence for these ser vices within Moorabool
It is anticipated that a project team will be appointed and schematic
design finalised prior to Christmas with work commencing in the
COMMUNITY LEARNING CENTRE
The constr uction of the Bacchus Marsh Community Learning Centre,
to be located in Main Street, Bacchus Marsh, is continuing to proceed
with the recent appointment of project manager s Burns Bridge Sweett
and architectural firm Whitefield McQueen Irwin Alsop.
Burns Bridge Sweett has proven experience in the delivery of a
number of librar y and multi-use facilities and is known for their holistic
approach to delivering projects for local government. Burns Bridge
Sweett projects have included the constr uction of the Williamstown
Library, Altona Librar y, City of Greater Dandenong Multi-purpose
Community Hub, and the City of Yarra Multi-Purpose Community
Burns Bridge Sweett has also played a key role in the development of
a number of strategies including the City of Springvale Feasibility Study
into new librar y facilities, Whitehor se Council Librar y Redevelopment
Plan, and the City of Stonnington Librar y Facilities Strategy.
Similarly, architects Whitefield McQueen Irwin Alsop also has strong
experience with successful library and community projects, notably the
West Footscray Librar y, Learning and Community Centre and the East
Melbourne Library, both of which combine library ser vices with a
number of other multi-purpose community facilities.
Both organisations have a good understanding of the needs of the
community and the intention of a multi-purpose facility such as is
proposed in the Bacchus Marsh Community Learning Centre.
Along with the librar y ser vice, it is intended that the Community
Learning Centre will also house Council's Customer Ser vice Centre
and the Bacchus Mar sh and District Historical Society. It is expected
that the facility will also provide increased number s of computer s for
public use as well as additional space for children's activities, study
groups and quiet reading areas.
Mayor Cr Michael Tudball said Council has a prime oppor tunity to
positively shape the future for Bacchus Mar sh and the whole Shire.
"This really is an exciting time for Bacchus Marsh," he said.
"We have the oppor tunity to design a facility that provides for a range
of activities that encourage social interaction and community cohesion.
We are aiming to have a facility that is more responsive to the needs
of the community. We have many residents who need the librar y to
be open outside of traditional hour s and we are also working towards
The design of the Community Learning Centre is currently being
developed and planned concepts are expected to be available for
viewing in December 2009.
To assist with the design development process Council sought the
views of stakeholder s and the community in relation to the design and
functionality of the new facility. Over a four-week period spanning May
through to June 2009, a number of individuals and groups were
consulted using a range of methods including a community sur vey, one
on one inter views with stakeholders, a mass mail out to community
groups shire wide, various media activity, and presentations to
interested par ties.
The information obtained from the consultation has been collated and
a repor t presented to Council. Council has subsequently received the
Community Consultation -- Bacchus Mar sh Librar y Development
repor t which will be used as an information tool to assist with
developing a design and functional brief for the new Community
A copy of the Community Consultation Repor t can be obtained from
Council's website -- www.moorabool.vic.gov.au
BACCHUS MARSH RETAIL
PRECINCT SURVEY RESULTS
There was a strong reply rate to the sur vey regarding the sale of
Council land in Bacchus Mar sh for a retail development.
Of 7332 sur veys sent to households in East Moorabool, there were
In response to the question regarding suppor t for the sale of
council-owned land to enable the retail development, 672 responses
were in suppor t of the proposal while 1269 were against, with 122
undecided and 159 invalid.
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