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Moruya Library, Arts and Cultural Centre

Project: Expand the existing Moruya Library to deliver a Library, Arts and Cultural Centre

Start: Financial Year 2016-17

Expected completion: Expected completion February 2019.

Funding secured: $2 million


Eurobodalla Shire Council is expanding the Moruya Library and constructing a professional standard exhibition space, the Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre.

The extension will mean a larger library and public meeting spaces for learning and business activities.The new spaces will feature video conferencing facilities, sound-rated movable walls for flexible use of the floor space, temperature control to meet professional standards for exhibitions, kitchen facilities, improved areas for staff and additional parking.

The project will be implemented in several stages, with stage one now nearing completion and expected to finish up in early February 2019. With the support of additional funding provided by the NSW State Government, stage two will commence shortly after the official opening. Stage two will incorporate additional meeting and making spaces, as well as storage space for the Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre.

The new Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre, otherwise known as 'the Bas', will feature a 100 square metre exhibition space and will be a major platform for local artists and touring shows. The official opening of the Bas will take place on the evening of Friday 22 February, to be held in conjunction with the announcement of the winner of the 2019 Basil Sellers Art Prize.

For further details on the Bas, upcoming exhibitions and events please visit:

Latest news

February 2019:

  • The Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre will be formally opened at a celebration on Friday 22 February 2019. The exhibition of the Basil Sellers Art Prize will start the following day and continue until 17 March 2019.

January 2019:

  • The library was closed an extra month to support requests for construction issues. Thanks to our library patrons for being patient during this noisy and warm time of the year. The library staff work room, due to be completed by 11 January, and works for the Bas and library are expected to be completed by 6 February.

October 2018:

  • Moruya Library will be closed for one month from Thursday 1 November as it undergoes renovations. The Moruya Library will reopen Monday 3 December.

August 2018:

  • We are well under way with construction with the base slab being poured early this month. We will now begin to install the frames of the Bas and the library extension.

May 2018:

  • Cumnock Constructions has established on site to begin construction. Fencing has been erected and excavation will begin shortly.

April 2018:

  • Council has engaged Cumnock Constructions Sustainability to construct the Moruya Library, Arts and Cultural Centre.
  • Council received a donation from Basil Sellers AM as a contribution to the construction and fit out of the gallery space. Basil Sellers has a passionate commitment to the perpetual growth of the community’s perception and understanding of, and engagement in, art. The exhibition centre will be named after Basil Sellers AM for his significant contribution to the arts in Eurobodalla.

October 2017:

  • Council is currently seeking Requests for Tenders for this project.
  • Planning is underway regarding the renovations to the inside layout of the library.

July 2016:

  • Munns Sly Moore Architects have been engaged to develop plans for the library building extension and interesting surrounding outdoor spaces.

December 2015:

  • Moruya Library is set to become the Moruya Library, Arts and Cultural Centre thanks to a $500,000 grant from the Australian Government. The funding complements a $200,000 library development grant already received from the NSW Government for the project.


The footprint of the new extension and building

The images below are architect impressions of what the new Library, Arts and Cultural Centre may look like (click for larger images).

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More information

For more information about the Moruya Library expansion, please contact Carl Ginger, Project Engineer:

Exterior of the Moruya Library