Wollondilly Council to get new chambers under cultural precinct plan

An artist's render of the proposed council service centre and administration building. Picture: Supplied
An artist's render of the proposed council service centre and administration building. Picture: Supplied

Wollondilly Council will soon have a new administration building as a part of the Wollondilly Community, Cultural and Civic Precinct.

The early works for stage one of the precinct are already under way so the council is ready to move forward with the planning for stage two.

Stage two will deliver a new and flexible Council Services Centre, more parking options (including basement parking) and new public spaces in the Picton town centre.

Wollondilly mayor Matthew Deeth said the new precinct would support the shire's economy.

"The council wants to maintain momentum in bringing this vision to reality for the community, while also investing in Wollondilly to support stimulation of the local economy," he said.

"Getting started on stage two will help generate even more local jobs, especially when we start to move into the construction phases."

The new services centre is being designed for maximum flexibility, so it can accommodate increasing council staff numbers as the shire grows, while providing income producing co-working office space during the interim.

The council has also commenced discussions about sharing the building with various state government agencies and may consider leasing space in the building to private entities.

Considerations were made to keep the existing council administration building as it occupies a key location on the site, however the final and adopted master plan includes a new building.

The existing council building does not meet current accessibility standards and has high ongoing maintenance and building management costs which would require significant capital expenditure to address.

Staff numbers are expected to increase at the council to support the shire's growing community however the current building has no capacity to meet the expected increase.

The vision of the adopted master plan is to provide multiple buildings with a range of different uses whilst providing as much open space as possible.

The council will also be lodging a planning proposal to vary the height limits for the site, specifically for the services centre.

Planning proposal considerations include parking and traffic, heritage, utilities, stormwater and flooding.

Wollondilly Council will be soon be looking at the broader planning issues of the Picton town centre.

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