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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

Key dates:

  • Stage one: completed February, 2019,
  • Stage two: completed December, 2019,
  • Stage three: expected completion June, 2020

Cost: $2.9 million

Funding secured:

  • $500,000 from the Australian Government National Stronger Regions Fund,
  • $200,000 from the State Library Development Fund,
  • $1 million from the NSW Government Stronger Country Communities Fund

Last updated: February, 2020

This project involves the expansion of Moruya Library and the construction of a professional standard exhibition space, the Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre.

Executed in stages, the project began with the construction of the new 100 square metre, temperature controlled exhibition space. The Basil Sellers Exhibition Center officially opened in conjunction with the announcement of the winner of the 2019 Basil Sellers Art Prize on Friday 22 February, 2019. The Bas is now a major platform for local artists and touring shows.

Additional funding provided by the NSW State Government enabled stage two of the project to commence shortly after the opening of the Bas. During stage two work focused on building the workshop/meeting spaces and storage space for the Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre.

The extension results in a larger library and three new public meeting spaces. With the intention of hosting learning and business activities, the new meeting spaces feature:

  • video conferencing facilities,
  • sound-rated movable walls for flexible use of the floor space and
  • kitchen facilities.

Moruya Library celebrated the completion of stage two of the project with a Family Fun Day in December 2019.

Work on the third and final stage of the project is currently underway. This involves the planting of a drought resistant garden around the building and the installation of pathways and outdoor seating.

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

May 2020:

  • In addition to the recently installed rear car park ramp, external works continue in 2020 with the planting of a drought tolerant garden surrounding the building. The final landscape plan is on display at the library.

December 2019:

  • We celebrated the completion of building works and official reopening of Moruya Library in December. More than 600 hundred people came along to enjoy family-friendly activities in the new workshop rooms and a barbecue on the freshly laid lawns.

September 2019:

  • Building works are now complete with new workshop rooms available to the public from the end of September. A new accessible ramp was installed over September and October. Landscape design is currently underway with works on the outdoor area expected to continue through to December.

May 2019:

  • Work commenced on the second stage of the project, which involved building two additional meeting/workshop rooms and storage space for the Bas. The new rooms provide the community access to spaces to meet and make. The workshop is a flexible space featuring sinks, wash spaces and a removable wall, while the library's new meeting room is fitted with a large television screen with internet connection.

February 2019:

  • The Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre was officially opened on Friday 22 February 2019 with over 600 people in attendance. The celebration coincided with the announcement of the 2019 Basil Sellers Art Prize winner and the opening of the first exhibition at the Bas showcasing the entries of competition finalists.

January 2019:

  • The library was closed for an additional month, allowing time to remedy construction issues. Library patrons were thanked for their patience during this noisy and warm time of year. The completion date for the library staff work room was extended to 11 January, 2019 and works for the Bas and library to 6 February, 2019.

November 2018:

  • Moruya Library was closed from 1 November, 2018 as renovations took place. The facility was scheduled to reopen 3 December, 2018.

August 2018:

  • Construction began, with the pouring of the base slab early in the month. Work then began on constructing and installing the frames of the exhibition space and library extension.

May 2018:

  • Cumnock Constructions established the site to begin construction. Fencing was erected and excavation began shortly after.

April 2018:

  • Council 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. The exhibition centre was named after Basil Sellers AM for his significant contribution to the arts in Eurobodalla.

October 2017:

  • Council sought requests for tenders for this project.
  • Planning was underway regarding the renovations to the inside layout of the library.

July 2016:

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

December 2015:

  • Moruya Library became the Moruya Library, Arts and Cultural Centre thanks to a $500,000 grant from the Australian Government. This funding was offered in addition to a $200,000 Library Development Grant from the NSW Government.

The main entrance to the new Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre.

The deck area leading to the Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre.

The internal entrance to the Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre.

The new workshop and meeting rooms looking out to Murray Street.

The workshop and meeting space includes access to kitchen facilities.

The initial stages of project construction.

More information

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

The refreshed entrance to Moruya Library.