Dardanup Shire Council will seek Ministerial approval for its plan to build a new three-storey, community library and co-located administration building next to Eaton Fair.
Council agreed to progress the concept at a Special Meeting last week.
The decision followed tabling of an offer last year by Eaton Fair owners Citygate Properties to purchase land currently occupied by the Shire’s Administration Centre, Eaton.
The Citygate offer also included an allocation of 3000sq m of land to the Shire adjoining Eaton Fair for its new building.
Once the plan receives State Government approval and an agreement finalised with Citygate, the project will move to a design phase.
Shire Chief Executive Officer Mark Chester said the new library was part of an overall vision to create fresh vibrancy in the Eaton Town Centre community precinct.
The new building will complement the Eaton Fair Activity Centre Plan endorsed by Council and approved by the WA Planning Commission in October.
The plan allows for not only the expansion of Eaton Fair but creation of a town centre atmosphere for residents.
“This is about bringing the public facilities to where the community is,” Mr Chester said.
“Development of the project will be an exciting period in the history of our organisation and the community.”