Hub projects across Hepburn Shire aim to improve and increase services and provide better facilities for the community. Each project seeks to address issues specific to each town, and in a way that reflects their unique identity.
Trentham Hub (The Mechanics)
Council seeks funding for construction Funding applications were submitted to the National Stronger Regions Fund and Regional Development Victoria in November 2014. This follows endorsement of the revised design by the Community Reference Group and Council’s approval of the concept design, governance structure and business plan for the Trentham Hub.
The Trentham community were involved in the naming of the Trentham Hub through the ‘What’s in a Name’ survey conducted during November 2014. The most popular name was ‘The Mechanics’, reflecting the current and past uses of the site.
Creswick Hub – Building Works Underway
Detailed designs for major refurbishment works on the Creswick Hub were completed following the allocation of funds to the project by the Victorian Government and Hepburn Shire Council. In December 2014 Council awarded the contract
to complete these works to Q Construction.
Following the relocation of the library and Council’s customer service to temporary premises at 56 Albert Steet Creswick, works commenced in February 2015. Due for completion by the end of June 2015, the Creswick Hub will provide library
and Council customer services five and a half days per week in a light, fresh and contemporary space. Toilets at the back of the building are being renovated and incorporated into the Hub and will be accessible from the Hub, Town Hall and Museum.
Hepburn Hub – Design and Create Consultation
Since Council endorsed proceeding to concept design and detailed feasibility at the Daylesford Town Hall, work has been underway around heritage, including preparation of a Statement of Significance. Other investigations conducted were existing conditions analysis, geotechnical testing and site surveys.
During the ‘Sites & Spaces’ community consultations there was strong support for the restoration of the existing heritage building, accessibility of all spaces and amenities, community spaces, the creation of an outdoor gathering space and a civic presence.
Environmentally sustainable design principles are another important influence on the concept design. Power currently accounts for 70% of the total building carbon emissions. A combination of passive building design elements and the sustainable generation of power are essential to creating an energy efficient building. Preliminary assessments suggest that improvements to the fabric of the existing building, followed by small scale solar and on-site electrical
generation is the best approach to delivering a substantial improvement in carbon performance.
The community provided plenty of feedback and ideas during consultations about concept plans for the Town Hall site. Key issues raised by the community were the need to retain a toddlers pool, concern about the loss of green space surrounding the pool and increased pressure on parking in central Daylesford. Council is listening to the community and these issues will be considered prior to further progress on the project.