Civic and Administration Building
One of the most important Council outcomes of 2015 was the decision to progress with the development of a new Civic and Administration Centre at the existing site on Southern Drive Busselton.
The old centre, which consisted of a collection of variously aged buildings and dongas, is being replaced by a state-of-the-art construction designed to meet the administrative and civic needs of our fast growing municipality.
The project is being funded through a combination of City of Busselton reserve funds and low interest borrowings over a 20 year period. A funding model has been developed to ensure the cost of this new community asset is spread equitably across multiple generations of ratepayers. The total cost of the new facility is approximately $23 million which includes the building costs, professional fees, landscaping, car-parking, building service connection fees, furniture and equipment.
To progress with the development in the most economical way, City Councillors and Staff have been relocated to 6 different venues for the duration of 2016. The City’s Customer Information Centre is now operating from the old Visitors Centre at 38 Peel Terrace. Council sessions are being held in the downstairs meeting room at the Community Resource Centre and the majority of City Officers have relocated to a temporary administration centre established on Harris Road, Busselton (opposite the Butter Factory Museum).
BGC have been contracted to undertake the construction of the new Civic and Administration Centre and work is well underway. The old building, bar the existing two storey former Council Chambers, has been demolished and preliminary earthworks and construction has commenced.
Once finished the new centre will provide a new three storey east wing. The old Council Chambers will be integrated into the new build and a new two storey west wing will replace the existing structure along Southern Drive. Energy efficient design principles will be incorporated into the building along with the latest information technology. The building will also contain a function room with kitchen facilities and dance floor for community hire.
This new Civic and Administration Centre will be a valuable community asset and proud entry statement. It is expected to be fully operational by early 2017. To view the proposed floorplan for the new centre, click on the attached document.