Most people surveyed about cultural facilities for the city support the concept of a new museum and library, according to a recent survey of 400 community members.
In a statement on Thursday the council says 64 per cent of those surveyed support the development of a museum for Tauranga.
The survey data and technical reports were presented at the City Transformation Committee workshop today for the facilities business case for the project that in one option may cost about $100 million.
A stand-alone library is estimated to cost $48 million, a stand-alone museum $59m. An integrated museum and library is expected to set ratepayers back $82m, and the stand alone museum and library, that is a museum at Cliff Road and a library at Willow Street, $107m.
But with external funding from government and other agencies, the ratepayers share is expected to be reduced to $5.5m for the stand alone library, $33m for the museum on its own, $39m for the integrated museum and library, and $38m for the stand alone library and stand-alone museum.
The two-day exercise has been presenting information on each option to committee members who will make a recommendation to council on December 5, for inclusion in the 2018/2028 Long Term Plan. The public will then be consulted in April 2018 on that preferred option.
Councillors today heard from Mark Cox and Fiona Stokes, Senior Economists from BERL with a depth of experience in galleries, libraries, arts and museum sector.
“I'm pleased we are getting to this point with the project, we have heard the message from our community to get on and do it, and next week we will have an agreed direction,” says committee chair Larry Baldock
“Creating a place that connects to the heart and mind of the community is no easy feat,” says Larry.
“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to create something that responds to what our community has asked for – creating a sense of belonging, connecting communities, and the value in telling our story.
“We never went into this thinking it would be easy, and the support and encouragement from the community has been fantastic.”
The final community open day on the cultural projects is this Saturday where people are welcome to visit the Engagement Hub, learn more about the options being considered, and see all the technical information and results of the community engagement and public survey.
The engagement hub is at 2 Devonport Road opposite Whitcoulls and is open from 10am till 4pm.
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