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Wonga Wetlands Visitor Education and Experience Centre

Detailed designs are being prepared for construction of a visitor education and experience centre at Wonga Wetlands.

About this project

The 2023-24 budget includes $750,000 towards the construction of the building with a further $650,000 in 2024-25.

In 2020/21, we embarked on an exciting project to build a special place of learning at Wonga Wetlands.

Forming part of NSW Regional Growth Environment and Tourism Fund projects, the Wonga Wetlands Visitor Education Centre will provide a gateway to one of our riverside jewels, the beautiful Wonga Wetlands.

The project, which will include landscaping and car park improvements, will provide an enhanced experience for an estimated 4,000 visitors per month with a focus on educating school groups and others about the wonders of the wetlands.

It will also strengthen the city’s lifestyle and nature-based tourism offer while also providing a venue that can cater to large events and functions, right at the doorstep to the network of lagoons that make up habitat for thousands of native birds and animals.

1 September 2023

Tender awarded for the construction of the new Wonga Wetlands Machinery Shed. The construction of this shed and removal of the old facilities is a pre-requisite for construction of the new Visitor Education Centre.

24 July 2023

Tender for detailed design was awarded to Bokor Architecture + Interiors and detailed design commenced.

21 March 2023

Development consent modification were approved.

27 January 2023

The development consent modification was submitted prior to Christmas. Awaiting approval prior to continuing detailed design

17 June 2022

The detailed design process has led to changes to building plans and positioning on site. The amended designs require a modification to the development consent.

29 April 2022

Detailed design continues however the process is experiencing some delays.

22 October 2021

Detailed design works well underway and scheduled to be completed in early to mid 2022.

14 May 2021

Council on Monday night resolved to accept the tender from Bokor Pty Ltd to complete the detailed design process for the new building.

26 March 2021

The tender process for detailed design has closed. A report is being prepared for Council that will recommend a preferred design consultant.

9 November 2020

At the 9 November 2020 Council meeting, Council resolved to grant Development Consent for the Wonga Wetlands Visitor Education & Experience Centre. The detailed design process can now commence.

26 May 2020

The building deigns and associated documents are complete and the development application has been submitted . The application is currently being assessed and due to be presented to Council in October.

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