Sanctuary Point Library

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Shoalhaven City Council have committed funding towards the Development Application ready design of a new District Library for the Bay and Basin area in Sanctuary Point.

The Sanctuary Point District Library will inject new life into the Sanctuary Point village by providing a hub of community activity; access to technology and information; a place for meeting, collaborating, connecting, studying; and access to business spaces, reader services and collections.

This project involves:

  • preparation of a concept design
  • community consultation
  • preparation of a detailed design and associated documentation for lodgement of a Development Application.

Shoalhaven City Council have committed funding towards the Development Application ready design of a new District Library for the Bay and Basin area in Sanctuary Point.

The Sanctuary Point District Library will inject new life into the Sanctuary Point village by providing a hub of community activity; access to technology and information; a place for meeting, collaborating, connecting, studying; and access to business spaces, reader services and collections.

This project involves:

  • preparation of a concept design
  • community consultation
  • preparation of a detailed design and associated documentation for lodgement of a Development Application.
  • Register to Attend Community Workshop

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    16 Nov 2020
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    Council is seeking registrations from the local community to participate in community consultations workshops to inform the development of a draft concept plan for the Sanctuary Point District Library.

    Two community consultation sessions will be held at St Georges Basin Community Hall on Wednesday, 9 December 2020 with a morning session from 11.00 am - 1.00 pm and an evening session from 5.30 - 7.30 pm. Council has engaged an external consultant to run the sessions.

    Feedback will be used to inform the development of the draft concept plan. A final design concept will be presented to the community in early 2021.

    Numbers are limited to 25 people per session due to COVID restrictions.

    To register complete the online Registration Form or contact Council’s Senior Strategic Planner, Jessica Volkanovski, on 02 4429 3152. Registration closes 4pm Friday 4 December 2020.

    If you are interested in providing feedback but unable to attend a workshop session, you can provide comments via the Feedback Form.

  • Architects Appointed to Facilitate Community Consultation

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    16 Nov 2020
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    Shoalhaven City Council has appointed Brewster Hjorth Architects (BHA) to undertake the design and facilitate the community consultation process for Sanctuary Point District Library.

    BHA are experienced in preparing designs for Public Libraries, a number of which have received design awards. Some notable Public Library projects which they have been involved with include the:

    • Rockdale Library and Civic Centre
    • Oran Park Library and Community Resource Centre
    • Warilla Library
    • Ingleburn Library and Community Centre.

    You can contribute to the development of the concept plan for this exciting project by participating in a community workshop on 9 December 2020.

    Please note, due to COVID restrictions, registrations will be required and numbers limited. Find out more via the 'Participate' tab.


  • New site for Sanctuary Point District Library

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    22 May 2020
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    Following the advice received at the pre-lodgement advice meeting, Council have now resolved (MIN20.33) to locate the new Sanctuary Point District Library on the corner of Kerry Street and Paradise Beach Road (Site A):

    “1. Accept this report as an update on MIN18.910

    2. Select Site A, located on the corner of Kerry Street and Paradise Beach Road, as the preferred site for building of a new district library at Sanctuary Point.

    3. Proceed to community consultation, detailed design and lodgement of a Development Application.

    4. Receive a report from staff on the construction of the new amenities block together with costings at Francis Ryan Reserve.”

    Council staff will now move forward with Part 3 of the above decision.

  • Preliminary Concept Plans prepared for District Library on Two Potential Sites

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    22 May 2020
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    Preliminary Concept Plans prepared for District Library on Two Potential Sites

    To move forward with the project, Council engaged architects Brewster Hjorth to prepare preliminary concept plans for the two potential locations for the library to assist with the determination of a final site for the District Library in Sanctuary Point. Their work included:

    - Assessment of both the sites existing site survey, including contours and drainage information.
    - Provision of preliminary library concept plans.

    Copies of the preliminary concept plans are located in the Photo Galley. Note: These preliminary concepts are not the final design and were only prepared as a visualisation exercise to undertake the site selection for the Sanctuary Point District Library.

  • Pre-lodgement meeting for the new Sanctuary Point District Library

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    22 May 2020
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    A pre-lodgement advice meeting was held to seek advice on the proposed District Library on the Francis Ryan site (Site B – see plan below). This meeting included discussions around:
    - car parking
    - building design and accessibility
    - bushfire zoning
    - building impact on neighbouring properties – especially residential
    - bio-diversity assessment
    - possible issues with bushfire zoning, bio-diversity impact and lack of adequate car parking
    - ability to integrate the design of the building with some oval uses, with options for a mixed-use space.

    This meeting also identified an alternative site, close to the Francis Ryan Site, on the corner of Kerry Street and Paradise Beach Road (Site A – see plan below).

    This new potential site:
    - Is in the same precinct but not considered due to the direction to only look at Council owned land.
    - Is Council owned land currently in use as a car park and is 1,838m².
    - Adjoins recently Council owner vacant parcel of land with the option to increase the site size to 2,438m²
    - Does not require bio-diversity assessment or additional bushfire requirements.

  • New Direction

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    22 May 2020
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    After Council resolved to move the library from the Bay and Basin Community Hub in Vincentia, at its meeting on 30 November 2018, Council resolved (MIN18.910) to:

    Confirm the Francis Ryan Reserve Site as the site for the Bay and Basin District Library and prepare a concept plan for the construction of the Library to the maximum size suitable for the site.