Beechworth office extension to go ahead
13 June 2012
Indigo Shire Council last night gave the go-ahead for the Beechworth Council office extension.
The extension will be built on to the rear of the current office, which was attached to the 1950s Memorial Hall 17 years ago.
At its September meeting last year Council approved the development of much-needed office accommodation for staff on two sites it already owns in Yackandandah and Beechworth.
Mayor Cr Larry Goldsworthy said plans for the Yackandandah site had been approved by Council at its May meeting.
“The Beechworth proposal has taken longer. Some sections of the Beechworth community have been quite vocal in their opposition to the extension, and some people in favour. There was a call from the community for three designs for consideration and a further opportunity to comment,” Cr Goldsworthy said.
“In response to that, Council provided 3 designs for community feedback at a workshop on 22 May,” he said.
“The workshop was attended by about 150 people. Some chose not to participate in that workshop, instead choosing to boycott the process.
“One concern that came through strongly from people who did participate was about the open nature of the understorey of the proposed extension. All three design options included the extension with an understorey for carparking, but Options B and C featured different ways of treating the space.
“Last night Council voted to proceed with the office extension, with Option C slightly altered to reflect this community feedback. This Option C version 3 design encloses the open space under the extension with masonry – that is the only difference to the Option C that was on display at the workshop. And Option C itself was developed in response to community criticism of the first option, Option A.”
Cr Goldsworthy said the carpark site for the extension was away from the main streets and behind buildings constructed in the 1950s and 1970s, and a toilet block built in the 1970s.
“This extension is quite small in comparison to the buildings around it, it is sympathetic to the colour and design of other buildings in the centre of Beechworth although it won’t be seen from the main streets of the town,” he said.
“It is important to provide suitable accommodation for staff to enable Council to continue to deliver the services our residents need.”
Caption: Design Option C with a masonry wall around the open space beneath the extension.
Mayor Cr Larry Goldsworthy
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