Port parks are raised

A MULTI-level car park could be built if the Sale library and art gallery are moved adjacent to the Wellington Entertainment Centre.

Members of the previous council received a briefing on potential parking options for the potential cultural complex, which would feature the entertainment centre, library and gallery at the Port of Sale.

The briefing examined a number of possible options to enhance parking in and around the Port of Sale precinct, with one option to potentially accommodate additional parking within the building.

Among options mentioned was a multi-level facility with 100 spaces, as well as changing the configuration of current parking in the vicinity.

Following the briefing, councillors requested council officers undertake more work to investigate potential parking and traffic movement in the Port of Sale should the Desailly St site continue to be council’s preferred location. Council will receive this further briefing on November 27.

A report recommended a modern public library be developed next to the entertainment centre to form a cultural precinct, which would also feature a relocated Gippsland Art Gallery.

The move will increase space for council at the Port of Sale Civic Centre, the gallery’s current location.

It was thought operational savings and governance improvements would result from having the three cultural facilities in one location near the Port of Sale.

With the three facilities in one area, councillor Darren McCubbin said the issue of car parking had been raised.

“The officers came back to us with detailed discussion in regard to appropriate car parking, including underground car parking and changing the design of the car parking around (the Port of Sale).

“Suffice to say that there appears to be sufficient car parking within the plans for us to be able to further the progression of these feasibility studies.

“It was a very detailed discussion, working with members of the community and them coming back saying, ‘you don’t have enough car parking in this area’.

“Council still has significant questions to be asked regarding that.”

Cr McCubbin said council had yet to make a decision on the direction on which it was going to take with the library and gallery.