The Queenscliffe Hub is an exciting new integrated research and learning centre that will revitalise the Hesse St streetscape while promoting and enhancing its existing services.
|Last updated:||April 2020|
|Current status:||Draft design being produced|
Why is the Hub being created?
The Queenscliffe Hub is a project that offers substantial economic and social benefits for our region. It recognises the importance of the Queenscliffe Historical Museum, Queenscliffe Visitor Information Centre and Queenscliff Library in the preservation and promotion of our maritime, military and cultural heritage. The Hub will be a multi-use community facility focused on innovative delivery of information, cultural development and services to residents and visitors alike.
How is the Hub being funded?
A total of $5.75 million has been allocated to the Borough of Queenscliffe for the construction of the Hub. The funding is made up of contributions from the Federal Government, the State Government's Living Libraries Program, Regional Infrastrucutre Fund and Community Support Fund, and the Borough of Queenscliffe. A funding collaboration between all three levels of government is a very appropriate result for a project that has collaboration at its heart. Council looks forward to working with all stakeholders to ensure a great result for the Borough community.
What are the next steps?
Project management firm Cerno has recently been appointed to lead the way on development, while community engagement specialist Kismet Forward has also been selected to oversee the engagement activities for the project. These appointments will pave the way for extensive community consultation administered by Council to local residents throughout the life of the project and before any design work commences.
Consultation Stage 1: results
Thanks for sharing your ideas for the Queenscliffe Hub. We're using the ideas you shared during the recent consultation to give the project design team a better understanding of what the community wants to see from this project.
Some of the things we heard from you included:
- Maintaining the heritage façade of the Library and Visitor Information Centre is important, but that the interior of the building could include a range of design solutions.
- You wanted more space and modern facilities for each of the tenant organisations. We also heard that meeting spaces, along with staff and public restrooms, are a priority for the new building.
- Additional community spaces should be considered in the design. Some suggestions include public displays and improved IT facilities.