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Young Joint Use Library and Community Facility Deed and Lease endorsed by Council

Oct 23, 2019

Last night Hilltops Council endorsed for signing the Joint Use Facility Project Deed and Lease for the Young High School and Hilltops Council library and community facility.

Council have delegated to the General Manager the authority to execute the Joint Use Facility Project Deed and Lease between the NSW Department of Education and Council.

Hilltops Mayor Brian Ingram is pleased with the outcome “It has been a long road to get to this point. A lot of time has been spent negotiating the best outcome for the Hilltops community and I am pleased that we can now move to the next phases of the project.”

The next phases involve submitting an Environmental Impact Statement and technical studies as part of the State Significant Development Application with the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment and calling for construction tenders.

The schematic building and landscape designs were endorsed at the June 2019 Council meeting and were signed off by the Department in September 2019. The dedicated community library area will be over 1000 square metres with approximately 300 square metres of shared space. The school area will be approximately 1400 square metres and the community will also access some of this area.

Negotiations have been ongoing for several months. The Project Deed outlines each party’s role and contribution whilst the lease defines the arrangement once the facility is operational. These agreements adequately secure the needs of the community for both the design, construction and ongoing operation, and aligns with Councils Long Term Financial Plan.

The Department will manage the procurement and construction of the facility, and a Project Control Group will be established to keep Council regularly informed throughout this process.

Council will contribute $6.5 million to the project with the support of $2 million from the Building Stronger Communities Fund; $3 million from the State Cultural Fund and a $1.5 million contribution from Hilltops Council. This is paid in installments.

The Deed and Lease form a key milestone in the project and signal Councils ongoing commitment to the delivery of the project for the Hilltops Community.

This facility will benefit not only the current generation, it will benefit future generations for at least the next fifty years.