One buildings group

The development of Forrester Gallery, North Otago Museum and Archives and the Oamaru Public Library has been brought together under one group set up yesterday by the Waitaki District Council's committee of the whole.

The community buildings subcommittee will be chaired by deputy mayor Jim Hopkins, with Crs Helen Stead, Sally Hope and Hugh Perkins as members and Waitaki Mayor Alex Familton as an ex officio member.

The subcommittee will include representatives from the Friends of Forrester, Friends of the Library, North Otago museum advisory group and council community services group manager Thunes Cloete.

The council had considered various proposals for the three facilities. An estimate in May 2009 put the cost at $11.8 million for the three projects - with the aim of funding most of that from sources other than rates.

But the decision was made last month to bring the three projects together as part of preparing the council's 2012-22 long-term plan.

The group will look at the scope of the projects, prioritisation and funding before putting a proposal to the council, which will then be included in the long-term plan for community consultation.



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