Shire makes chambers even bigger
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.