At the 11th May 2017 Council meeting Council resolved to allocate $75,000 to undertake studies, concept designs, and preliminary budgets associated with the cultural development at City Hill. The same Council resolution determined the scope of the co-located library, regional gallery, customer service area, Council Chambers and Council staff office accommodation within the CBD
The first study involved stakeholder consultations completed by Max Hardy Consulting. The purpose of this was to understand stakeholder plans and aspirations for the City Hill site. These consultations highlighted varied and conflicting views on what cultural development could and should be considered by Council.
However, one idea put forward was for Council to assist with resourcing to develop plans to add another level to the National Cartoon Gallery on City Hill. In August 2018, Council resolved to commit $110,000 and the National Cartoon Gallery successfully secured approximately $2.6m in State Government funding through the Regional Cultural Fund Round 2 in March 2019.
During 2018/19 work continued on two related projects – 1) Community Facilities Planning for future community and cultural infrastructure across the Local Government Area and 2) Performing Arts Space Issues and Options – (indoor and outdoor spaces).
The second study is a Site Analysis of the City Hill site undertaken by Locale – a local town planning consultancy. The Site Analysis will outline the history of development and planning as well as provide current environmental, zoning, policy and other town planning considerations, challenges and opportunities.
A Council report that includes the Site Analysis and options for next steps for Council to consider is targeted for December 2019.
The remaining budget for the City Hill resolution project 2019/20 as at November 2019 is $56,726.