Waverley Council has unveiled a new design for its council chambers on Bondi Road. Photo: Waverley Council.
By DANIEL LO SURDO
Waverley Council has called on the community to provide feedback on multi-million dollar plans to upgrade its Bondi Chambers building.
The Board has budgeted $17.8 million for the refurbishmentwith an estimated $12 million needed to bring the building up to modern building and safety standards, which will include asbestos removal.
According to the council, the building is at the ‘end of life’ after being built over a century ago, with issues including asbestos, major water leaks and poor sustainability and environmental measures. ‘accessibility.
Five options were considered for the chambers (two of which being a complete dismantling and rebuilding), with the plans presented for community consultation considered to be cheaper than constructing a new building while still retaining strong street appeal.
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Paula Masselos, Mayor of Waverley. Picture: Facebook.
The design includes plans for lightweight solar panels to source renewable energy, major roof repairs, and an elevator to provide access to the third floor for bedrooms, which will create space for more staff in the building.
Mayor of Waverley Paula Masselos said the council will not take out a loan for the project and will instead absorb the costs into its long-term financial plans.
Cr Masselos said the improvements will be supported by the council’s “enviable” $180 million reserve fund, built up through “prudent fiscal management” over the past four years.
The design aims to help the council achieve its goal of net zero emissions by 2030 and reduce its carbon footprint, with on-site electricity generation and rainwater recycling for targeted irrigation as features to achieve the sustainability results in the dossier.
Other design features include space for informal and formal meetings, an expanded forecourt with native trees and low-level plantings, and increased bicycle parking to encourage active transportation for staff and the community.
Community consultation on the design is open until May 4. The chambers building was revealed to be at the end of its life in 2018, with the project first defined in 2020. Construction is expected to begin next year and be completed in 2024.