Architects hired for the design of the Kiah and Wandella halls

Photos: LEFT: Ursula Gitomen, Manager of Council Infrastructure and Services, Gemma Gill and Clare McMahon at Kiah Hall website. RIGHT: June Tarlington, Grant Roberston and Joy Masterson at the Wandella Hall site.

23 December 2021

Bega Valley Shire Council engaged architectural firms Stone Three Design, Complete Urban Pty Ltd and Facility Design Group Pty Ltd to provide concepts for the new community rooms in Kiah and Wandella.

The rooms were destroyed in the Black Summer bushfires.

Director of Infrastructure and Services Gemma Gill said each architectural firm will provide a concept for the two rooms which will be on display to the public from February 2022.

Following public consultation, a concept for each room will be selected and the successful architectural firm will go ahead with detailed drawings for authority approvals and construction tender, construction work. reconstruction to start at the end of next year.

“Each architect’s designs will incorporate feedback from community consultation sessions held in both communities over the past 12 months, which has given residents the opportunity to contribute to the overall design brief and specifications for the new community halls,” Ms Gill said.

“Discussions with the community highlighted the importance of honoring the past, while looking to future needs and resilience.

“The rooms have important historical context and connections to the communities of Kiah, Wandella and surrounding areas, and we look forward to restoring these centers to once again become a focal point of community life. “

Ms Gill said the timing of the start of the two reconstruction projects had been affected by the need to prioritize urgent emergency and restoration work in the county following the fires, a number of which were delayed by multiple flooding in the past 18 months.

“We have also been very careful about taking the time to ensure that we are leading a sensitive and appropriate level of community and stakeholder engagement,” she said.

“Construction is expected to begin at the end of 2022, with completion scheduled for June 2023.”

The new Wandella room will be located on the site of the original room and will include the local war memorial, a public toilet block, a small barbecue area and a covered shelter. A bushfire memorial garden and a remembrance walk will be included.

The new Kiah Hall will be located on land acquired by Council on behalf of the community, adjacent to the site of the original Hall.

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