Hurstville Civic Centre Planning Proposal referred to State Government

Heart transplant: An artist impression of what the new Hurstville Civic Centre Precinct could look like.
Heart transplant: An artist impression of what the new Hurstville Civic Centre Precinct could look like.

Georges River Council this week voted to support the Civic Centre Site Planning Proposal for referral to the NSW State Government for a Gateway Determination.

This will enable Council to publicly exhibit the proposal later this year.

The Planning Proposal includes recommended amendments to the Hurstville Local Environmental Plan 2012 (HLEP 2012) for the location of Georges River Council Civic Centre in Hurstville. This includes 3, 4, 13, and 19 storey buildings.

A previous council report said that redevelopment of the site could provide up to 300 apartments.

The Hurstville Civic Precinct is the site bounded by Queens Road, Dora Street, MacMahon Street and Park Road.

Under the Planning Proposal, a maximum height of 48-metres would be allowed on the south-western portion of the site, a maximum height of 17-metres on the central portion and a maximum height of 60-metres on the north-western portion of the site.

The former Baptist Church at 4-6 Dora Street will be reclassified from community to operational land.

Any future development consent of the land would only be granted if it has a maximum 55 per cent of the total site for residental uses and 25 per cent for community uses.

Public space at ground level would be 50 per cent of the total site inclusive of a civic plaza.

Community facilities would include council adminstration offices, multi-purpose auditorium, library, museum, art gallery and community centre. There would be the potential for 500 public car spaces.

Georges River Council mayor Kevin Greene said that the new facility would combine key council services and facilities to create a modern community hub for the Georges River community.

"I am delighted that we are entering the next phase in the process for the potential future Hurstville Civic Centre," Councillor Greene said.

"This modern facility would provide local residents with access to a range of centralised amenities, such as a Civic and Entertainment Centre, Library, Senior Citizens Centre and the Hurstville Museum and Gallery.

"We know that lack of open space is a key issue for Hurstville, and the new centre would comprise of at least 50 per cent open public space, as well as cafes and a range of recreation areas.

"Featuring a mix of residential and commercial uses, the Civic Centre would also enhance the Georges River area's economy and create more local jobs by addressing office space shortage in Hurstville."