In the early 1980s, the Shires of Mumbulla and Imlay were amalgamated with the Municipality of Bega to form the Bega Valley Local Government Area. The new Council inherited a situation where staff were located in five different locations between Bermagui and Eden, a distance of 100 kilometres.
We were commissioned to carry out a needs determination, feasibility study, master planning and sketch design, design development, documentation and contract administration of the Administration Building, Cultural Centre, Art Gallery and Library. Bega was chosen as the most suitable location for the Council headquarters.
Council’s design brief specifically required that the Administration Complex be a simple, functional, energy efficient building which made best use of the site and had sufficient flexibility to remain efficient well into the twenty-first century. Notwithstanding these objectives, it was stressed that Council’s budget was limited and the building therefore had to be most cost-effective.
Aesthetically, the building is a crisp, clear, simple statement reflecting the various functions being housed.