Bega Valley Shire Council has engaged architectural firms Stone Three Design, Complete Urban Pty Ltd and Facility Design Group Pty Ltd to provide concept designs for the new community halls at Kiah and Wandella.
The halls were destroyed in the Black Summer bushfires.
Infrastructure and Services Manager, Gemma Gill said each architectural firm will provide a concept design for both halls which will go on public exhibition from February 2022.
Following public consultation, a concept design for each hall will be selected and the successful architectural firm will move forward with detailed drawings for authority approvals and construction tender, with rebuilding work due to commence late this year.
“The concept designs from each architect will incorporate feedback from community consultation sessions held in both communities over the past 12 months which gave residents the opportunity to contribute to the overall design brief and specifications for the new community halls,” Ms Gill said.
“The discussions with the community emphasised the importance of paying tribute to the past, while also looking towards future needs and resilience.
“The halls have significant historical background and connection for the communities of Kiah, Wandella and surrounds, and we look forward to restoring these centres to once again be a focal point of community life.”
Ms Gill said timing for the start of the two rebuild projects had been impacted by the need to prioritise urgent emergency and restoration works across the shire following the fires, a number of which were delayed by multiple flood events over the past 18 months.
“We have also been very considered about taking the time to ensure we conducted a sensitive and appropriate level of community and stakeholder engagement,” she said.
“Construction is scheduled to commence in late 2022, with completion set for June 2023.”
The new Wandella hall will be located on the site of the original hall and will incorporate the local war memorial, a public toilet block and small BBQ area and covered shelter. A bushfire memorial garden and remembrance walk will be included.
The new Kiah hall will be located on land acquired by Council on behalf of the community, adjacent to the site of the original hall.
- (L-R) Ursula Gitomen, Council’s Infrastructure and Services Manager Gemma Gill and Clare McMahon at the Kiah Hall site
- (L-R) June Tarlington, Grant Roberston and Joy Masterson at the Wandella Hall site
Image Credit: Bega Valley Shire Council