Opinions are still divided over Shellharbour council’s controversial City Hub project. By a slim margin earlier this year, Shellharbour Councillors voted 4-3 in favour of proceeding with the $60-million City Hub project.

Cr John Murray said the Hub is an affordable piece of infrastructure that will help accommodate the needs of an expanding city.

The proposed City Hub will house new council chambers, administrative offices, meeting rooms, library, local history museum, café, civic square and a 350-seat auditorium.

The controversial project has met with community backlash. State Parliament has been presented a petition with 11,500 signatures asking for the Hub to be stopped. Concern surrounds the cost of the project, community consultation and the sale of community assets to fund the Hub.

Cr Peter Moran has opposed the project since its inception. He said the Hub will take facilities away from other villages in the area.

Construction is scheduled to start next month.

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