Queanbeyan Civic and Cultural Precinct

Concept designs and the business case for the proposed Queanbeyan Civic and Cultural Precinct are now available for the community to view and comment on. This is the first chance to have your say.

The development of the Queanbeyan Civic and Cultural Precinct is an important step in rejuvenating the Queanbeyan CBD.

Background

In 2017, we sought community feedback on a proposed Head Office and Smart Hub adjacent to The Q within the Lowe St car park. Following community input, Council elected not to proceed with construction on that site.

The Precinct will be located on the site of the former Council administration building at 257 Crawford St. This will free up a number of Council-owned properties for potential redevelopment.

Council is the major land holder in the CBD and that land is not being used to its full potential. The CBD Transformation Strategy focuses on attracting more workers and residents into our CBD to stimulate activity. This development is the catalyst for that to start happening and has the potential to attract an additional 160 workers into the CBD.

Concept designs

Following months of planning and consideration, Council has released three options to the public for comment. The options propose different inclusions within the building, with Council having an early preference for option 5 in the business case.

Car parking will be provided via a basement car park for more than 100 spaces, 65 of which will be accessible to the public. Car parking will remain free of charge.

More than 40% of the precinct is focused on the community and cultural purposes. These include:

  • community spaces
  • linkages to The Q
  • public domain and breakout spaces attached to the Bicentennial Hall (to increase Queanbeyan’s potential to attract conferences).

Business case

Cost is expected to be around $74m and will be funded via a combination of loans, asset sales, development contributions and grants. There will be no increase in rates to fund this project.

The loan will be a long-term, low interest loan. Before we can gain access to the loan, we need to go through a stringent process with the NSW Office of Local Government and NSW Treasury Corporation. A large portion of the loan will be repaid via the sale of surplus Council properties in the CBD ($19.7m). Council already has signed a Heads of Agreement covering the majority of these properties.

Next

Staff will report on the feedback to December’s Council meeting.

A development application will be lodged and residents will again be able to make comment as the project progresses through this phase.

Concept designs and the business case for the proposed Queanbeyan Civic and Cultural Precinct are now available for the community to view and comment on. This is the first chance to have your say.

The development of the Queanbeyan Civic and Cultural Precinct is an important step in rejuvenating the Queanbeyan CBD.

Background

In 2017, we sought community feedback on a proposed Head Office and Smart Hub adjacent to The Q within the Lowe St car park. Following community input, Council elected not to proceed with construction on that site.

The Precinct will be located on the site of the former Council administration building at 257 Crawford St. This will free up a number of Council-owned properties for potential redevelopment.

Council is the major land holder in the CBD and that land is not being used to its full potential. The CBD Transformation Strategy focuses on attracting more workers and residents into our CBD to stimulate activity. This development is the catalyst for that to start happening and has the potential to attract an additional 160 workers into the CBD.

Concept designs

Following months of planning and consideration, Council has released three options to the public for comment. The options propose different inclusions within the building, with Council having an early preference for option 5 in the business case.

Car parking will be provided via a basement car park for more than 100 spaces, 65 of which will be accessible to the public. Car parking will remain free of charge.

More than 40% of the precinct is focused on the community and cultural purposes. These include:

  • community spaces
  • linkages to The Q
  • public domain and breakout spaces attached to the Bicentennial Hall (to increase Queanbeyan’s potential to attract conferences).

Business case

Cost is expected to be around $74m and will be funded via a combination of loans, asset sales, development contributions and grants. There will be no increase in rates to fund this project.

The loan will be a long-term, low interest loan. Before we can gain access to the loan, we need to go through a stringent process with the NSW Office of Local Government and NSW Treasury Corporation. A large portion of the loan will be repaid via the sale of surplus Council properties in the CBD ($19.7m). Council already has signed a Heads of Agreement covering the majority of these properties.

Next

Staff will report on the feedback to December’s Council meeting.

A development application will be lodged and residents will again be able to make comment as the project progresses through this phase.