Torquay cultural facility site revealed

Arts and Culture Pillar

The Surf Coast Shire Council has determined the location and features of a future cultural facility in Torquay.

The preferred model is an entire redevelopment of the site that currently accommodates the Surf Coast Sport and Recreation Centre, Australian National Surfing Museum and Visitor Information Centre.

The new cultural facility will comprise an all-in-one library, arts facility, Australian National Surfing Museum and Visitor Information Centre, which will create some exciting opportunities for the community and visitors.

A recent Surf Coast Shire feasibility study and Geelong Regional Library Corporation (GRLC) infrastructure plan found that the existing Torquay Library needs to be expanded to meet current and future population and expectations. The existing library floor space is 380m2 and needs to grow to around 1,600m2.

The feasibility study considered seven sites in Torquay and assessed four models with different combinations of features. The GRLC provided input into the feasibility study adding expertise gained from recent library developments in the region.

This is an exciting milestone as it will help meet the short and long term cultural needs of the Surf Coast Shire community.

Surf Coast Shire Council will now enter into a more detailed planning phase for the cultural facility which will include further investigation of a building concept, refinement of cost estimates, funding strategy, traffic movement analysis, detailed parking analysis and consider future use of the existing library site.