Shire makes cham­bers even big­ger

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

The Shire of Ash­bur­ton will spend an ex­tra $450,000 build­ing a larger coun­cil cham­ber in Onslow af­ter de­cid­ing the new one cur­rently un­der con­struc­tion was too small.

A wall at the new Shire com­plex in Onslow has been smashed down to make way for the ex­ten­sion, which will see the cham­ber dou­ble in size from its pre­vi­ous de­sign.

Shire of Ash­bur­ton pres­i­dent Kerry White said the coun­cil voted unan­i­mously on the ex­ten­sion, pro­vided the project re­mained within bud­get.

“Although the coun­cil cham­bers met con­struc­tion stan­dards, af­ter site vis­its coun­cil­lors con­cluded that that (it) was in fact too small for the best use of the multi-use meet­ing room fa­cil­ity both now and for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions,” she said.

“It was de­cided that now was the best time to cor­rect that po­si­tion, be­fore the build­ing works had con­cluded and if changes were to be made, the room should be made as large as pos­si­ble, to max­imise value for money. The room will be utilised for a wide range of uses, in­clud­ing staff meet­ings, meet­ings with govern­ment agen­cies, work­shops, and coun­cil meet­ings.”

Cr White said the re­model had pushed the com­ple­tion time for the build­ing out to the end of Septem­ber.

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