The Hepburn Hub at The Rex is a challenging project on a complex site, and unfortunately has been subject to further delays.  A significant amount of time in recent months has been invested in understanding the project history, revising the designs to ensure the long-term success of the facility and obtaining all the permits and approvals to match.  We have also been working on an appropriate delivery program for the completion of works.

Acting CEO, Bradley Thomas, said that Council officers are preparing a detailed report for the February 2020 Council meeting (18 February) to re-establish and seek approval from Council on the project scope, updated costing and delivery program.

“The project to build the Hepburn Hub at The Rex has been a challenging one.  We have recently engaged an experienced project manager with architectural and economic credentials to manage this complex project.”

“We acknowledge the frustration of the community at the delays being experienced with this project, but we are doing what we can to move this project forward,” said Mr Thomas.

The Local Government Inspectorate review into the project that was initiated by CEO Evan King is still ongoing.  Council has been cooperating fully with the inspectorate and welcomes the release of the report.

“We have made some important organisational changes ahead of the Inspectorate report being released, including the appointment of a major projects team Manager and changes to project reporting and governance.”

“The Hepburn Hub project will be a transformational project for the Hepburn Shire community.  The project ensures that this iconic building is transformed into an important community asset, offering better access to Council services for the community, benefiting all ratepayers.  We are working hard to ensure its completion as soon as possible,” said Mr Thomas.

Council will provide further updates following the February meeting.

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