At next Tuesday’s meeting, Council will consider a revised Hepburn Hub at The Rex project scope, which includes an additional $3.012 million funding and updates the forecast for completion to April 2021.
The Hepburn Hub project is a transformational project for the Hepburn Shire community. The project ensures that the iconic Rex building is transformed into an important and valuable community asset, which will include a new library, auditorium and community spaces, and improved access to Council services, benefiting all ratepayers.
Mayor, Cr Licia Kokocinski, said that Council acknowledges the frustration of the community with the progress and associated costs, and will consider the report on Tuesday.
“While exciting, the Hepburn Hub at The Rex is a challenging project and we accept we have not met community expectations, particularly in the early planning and management. We apologise to our community for the delay.”
The project is currently subject to a Local Government Inspectorate review, following governance concerns which resulted in our new CEO Evan King self-reporting to the Local Government Inspectorate.
“We welcome the release of the Inspectorate Report and in the interim Council has made important organisational changes, including the appointment of a dedicated project manager for project, the appointment of a Major Projects Team Manager and the report will consider improvements to project reporting and governance. Council will consider the additional project funding of $3.012 million” said Cr Kokocinski.
The additional $3.012 million is required, as a quantity surveyor did not inform the early scope, building program and subsequent cost plan.
The report proposes that a Project Control Group (PCG) be established to manage the project delivery within the overall guidelines set by Council, and report progress on a quarterly basis to Council.