Bus stop is first gallery casualty

ALBURY’S busiest bus stop will be removed today in preparation for the long-awaited commencement of the $10.5 million art gallery redevelopment.

The Dean Street stop will be replaced by a smaller structure close by and at the entrance to QEII Square without any disruption for public transport commuters.

The all-weather shelter has been a central Albury landmark and popular meeting spot for more than two decades and includes a plaque to former Albury Council chief town planner, the late Bob Harvey.

Mr Harvey worked for the council between 1985 and 1992.

The plaque erected in his honour will be placed in storage until a permanent location for the bus stop is decided by council after the art gallery upgrade.

The stop is located next to the art gallery building and its fate was raised when a regional planning panel provided the final go-ahead to the gallery redevelopment in 2012.

Albury mayor Kevin Mack said the council would consider longer term options for the bus shelter.

“A more permanent location will be determined when landscaping plans are finalised and the new gallery is closer to completion,” he said.

“Council is not anticipating any disruption to bus services, which will operate as normal.”

Meanwhile, Zauner Construction is due to move onto the art gallery site next week to start the upgrade which will take 12 months.

The council awarded the construction contract to Zauner at its final meeting last year.

The art gallery will be the second major project carried out by Zauner in the city’s cultural precinct around QEII square.

It built the LibraryMuseum in 2007.

The Zauner tender of $8.3 million was $500,000 less than the council budget.

The council has spent $764,000 on design costs with a further $515,000 set aside for external landscaping and an artistic wall within the building.

A further $392,000 has been set aside for the exhibition area fit out.

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