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Increase in Ulladulla Civic Centre budget allocation

Shoalhaven City Council last night moved to increase the budget allocation for the Ulladulla Civic Centre, Library and Tourist Information Centre to $8 million.

The decision follows a recommendation from the Ulladulla Civic Centre and Library Redevelopment Project Steering Panel to increase the budget from the previously allocated $5 million.

The proposed redevelopment concept plan will include items cited as necessities by the panel at past steering committee meetings including –

• An improved and larger Library and tourist information centre
• An improved and modern auditorium
• Modern flexible meeting spaces
• Management of thermal comfort including air conditioning
• Extended foyer area including improved views of harbour
• Improved access for the disabled including the provision of a lift
• Improvement to fire safety
• A fully functioning commercial kitchen
• A design for the upgrading of the stage area

The design process can now proceed to meet the challenge of including all these features with the expanded but limited new budget.

Shoalhaven City Council Mayor, Paul Green welcomed last night’s decision saying the revised $8 million option would include planning, design and complete fit out of the refurbished premises.

“After a lot of robust discussion and debate I’m very pleased to see significant progress being made on the Ulladulla Civic Centre, Library and Tourist information Centre Redevelopment project,” said Clr Green.

“The agreed $8 million budget will be used to assist in meeting community requests for features and inclusions within the project.

“The upgraded facility will have major benefits for the people in the south of the city. I would like to thank the members of the Ulladulla Library Redevelopment Project Steering Panel for their hard work in ensuring this project goes ahead.”

“All things going well, work should be commencing on site before the end of 2012.”

Plans of the proposed redevelopment are proposed to be released for public comment at the end of November allowing for community comment over December and January 2012.

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