COMMUNITY consultation will be at the forefront of the final stage of the Mortlake community hub project, ahead of its projected completion early next year.
Moyne Shire Council manager of assets and projects Ian Harper said the project is starting to take shape.
“We’re progressing according to schedule,” he said.
“The basic structure is up, the roofing is done and internal walls are framed.”
Installation is also complete on internal services, including electrical and data wires, air handling and sewer infrastructure.
Mr Harper said the site will be contained and locked up within the next three to four weeks to ensure it is safe.
“The anticipation is completion early next year,” he said.
Mr Harper said the council will soon formulate a plan for the building’s forecourt area and welcome any further ideas or suggestions from the community.
The works follow on from a $500,000 State Government funding commitment through the Living Libraries Infrastructure program last March.
The council has allocated $300,000 towards the redevelopment, while the Mortlake Community Development Committee (MCDC) has contributed $50,000.
The new community centre will include library facilities, the Visitor Information Centre, Centrelink services, a separate community meeting space and a flexible activity area.
A separate meeting space will be available for after-hours bookings for meetings and group activities.
A study research area will also house a number of computers in the new space.