The Rex project is a major Council initiative which will deliver a modern administration centre, library and facilities, including a community auditorium and cinema. The Rex is stage one of a broader program including upgrades to the Daylesford Swimming Pool and Town Hall. Combined, these projects will provide better access to improved community facilities.
A review of the project status in early June highlighted unanticipated challenges with the construction of the project, which has had budgetary implications. The costs incurred will result in the budget being exceeded. This is due to unexpected works required and an under estimation of the actual costs at project inception. This additional expenditure means that a planning permit is now necessary in order for construction to be completed.
As a result, works will cease while a planning permit is applied for and Council considers a detailed audit of the project. Council will also explore options to support the Community Cinema through the unanticipated delay.