The Broken Hill Library Hub Report

The General Managers report into the Broken Hill Library Hub has suggested that both the NSW State funding and the Federal Building Better Regions Funding would be threatened if the plans or amount the council are willing to co-contribute changes.

The Library Hub project covers the construction of the library, archives, external works and a carpark.

With additional costs considered, Mr Nankivell estimated the cost of the project would be $19.5 million.

The Federal contribution according to the report is $8.7 million and the State Funding is $2,9 million.

The General Managers’ report being handed to Council on Thursday 27 explains “it’s the view of the Department of Infrastructure (who are the source of the Building Better regions Fund) that if the scope of the project or funding of the project changes significantly the application would also need to be reassessed.”

The General Manager reviewed the state funding and said it should be noted that any change to the scope of the project or withdrawal of the co-contribution should be done with caution as it may put the current funding and future funding at risk.

Mr Nankivell added that there are options to seek special consideration regarding the co-contribution and official communication will be written to the Department of Infrastructure and relevant ministries.

Mr Nankivell recommended a workshop for Councillors with the Councils internal Project Delivery Team to discuss the project and the council’s vision.

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The report will be submitted at this Thursday’s meeting for approval.

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