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Busy 2024 for Council projects

The new year promises to be a big one for Broken Hill City Council, with many projects coming to fruition following design and budgets confirmed, with General Manager Jay Nankivell signifying the first two quarters especially is where many locals will see work being done within town.

The Library and Archive Project should begin between late March and early April behind the Town Hall façade for a one-story addition of a new build for the library, as well as some of the restorations of the current library space for the archives.

Staff will move into the Administration building in mid-February and the Library will be temporarily closed while work begins.

The final designs and costs for the O’Neill Sporting Precinct will go out to tender in early 2024, with the project to primarily focus on stage one; the netball courts, revamping them from a single layout to a double, as well as new lighting, carparking, and landscaping.

The Alma Oval and Norm Fox Oval changerooms are also out to tender for construction in early 2024.

The “major project that is on everyone’s mind,” according to Mr Nankivell, is stage one of the Airport Master Plan which will be out to tender early in 2024. Council expects the completion of the upgrade to the aprons and taxiways will allow for an increased number of aircraft and the capacity of those aircraft to increase. Potentially, planes the size of Boeing 737s will ultimately be able to land and take off. Still a way to go though, with the winning tender expected by June.

“It’s going to be an incredible time for the city to actually see all these projects come to fruition,” Mr Nankivell said.

“2023 has really been around planning, getting the project scopes right, going back and looking at some of the costs for those escalations, revising those scopes and making sure that it’s not going to cost the community of the city any more money than what we’ve currently got.

“We’ve done all that hard work, all that groundwork is done, and now we’re heading into 2024. The community will actually start to see some machinery moving to the city and products start to be built.”

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