Ku-ring-gai Council is preparing a detailed design for a new cultural and environmental education centre near St Ives Showground.

The project is part of a major upgrade planned for the Showground area to encourage visitors and recreational use.

The centre will provide a space for community workshops, seminars, functions and other events.

It will also provide a focus for research and the protection of Ku-ring-gai’s extensive indigenous heritage of rock art, middens and rock shelters.

Around $4.3 million has been budgeted for the centre’s construction, with $1.2 million coming from Ku-ring-gai’s environmental levy and just over $3 million from development contributions.

As part of the design process for the new centre, the Council will liaise with indigenous consultants with knowledge of the local area to help deliver the project.

The Council voted this week to accept the recommended tenderer for the centre’s design, with work expected to start next month. Mayor Jennifer Anderson said the cultural and environmental centre was an exciting step in the development of the Showground as a visitor destination.

“Importantly the centre will reflect sustainable design principles and be in harmony with its natural surroundings.”

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