Hepburn Shire Council has appointed k20 Architecture as the lead architect for the Daylesford Community Facilities Project, to examine the design and development of a multi-function assembly hall and contemporary library at the Daylesford Town Hall site which includes the Town Hall, office accommodation and Senior Citizens’ room.

An earlier attempt to redevelop the Town Hall and swimming pool precinct as a community hub was abandoned in 2016 when Council purchased The Rex in an ill fated attempt to develop a community hub based on that site.

The architectural and design elements of the multi-phase project will begin with a feasibility and schematic design study. Depending on the outcome of that study and availability of future funding, detailed design and construction will follow.

The first stage of contracted services covers extensive community and stakeholder engagement, and close liaison with a Project Advisory Group (PAG) of appointed community members. The delivery of future stages are subject to outcomes of the feasibility study and future funding.

Council has included redevelopment of the Town Hall as the Shire’s only new capital expenditure project in the extremely restricted draft budget for 2023/24.

Members of the newly appointed PAG include Adam Fawcett, Joanne Tsakoumagos, John King, Louise Johnson, Sarah Bibby, Sarah Lang and Matt Johnson. An eighth position will be filled by a youth representative. The Group has been established to consult with Council and the broader community on the potential redevelopment of the Daylesford Town Hall into a community facilities hub.

Mayor, Cr Brian Hood, said the appointees cover a broad cross-section of the community including gender diversity, LGBTQI+ people, people living with a disability, young families, community groups, seniors groups, arts, library, tourism, and events interests, and those with broader community connections.

“The PAG membership also encompasses individuals with a diverse array of skills, such as project management, community engagement, marketing and communication, local government, technology and innovation.  We appreciate the time, effort and expertise these members will be putting towards this important project,” said Cr Hood.

Council now invites individuals under the age of 25 years, or people with youth engagement experience, to apply for a position on the PAG. An expression of interest is available online at https://participate.hepburn.vic.gov.au/daylesford-facilities. EOIs are open until 5pm Wednesday 5 June 2024.