The location of Australind’s multi-million dollar community precinct has finally been decided after plans to extend the consultation period were scrapped last week. The landmark project will include a library, administration centre, art and cultural gallery, tourism information desk and Indigenous Elders meeting area. Community consultation by the Shire of Harvey gave residents three options for the $15m development — the existing administration site in the town, the Leschenault Leisure Centre and Treendale. The public survey found most people wanted the new hub to be built at the existing site. Harvey Shire officers on Tuesday recommended councillors extend the consultation process by a further six weeks to decide between the Treendale site or existing administration location, with a report to be assessed in February. However, councillors instead voted to approve the new precinct to be built at the existing administration site in the town. It comes after 40 per cent of the 180 residents who took part in the survey identified the existing site — Lot 208 Mulgara Street and Paris Road — as their preferred option due to walking and transport options. Deputy president Michelle Campbell said the Shire had listened and the Treendale site did not initially receive strong support. “The CEO has indicated a need to make a decision sooner rather than later in order to move forward,” she said. Shire documents stated the current location would require redevelopment through the demolition of the current facilities to create a purpose-fit, multi-storey building. “It is considered the economic and tourist benefits that this location provides will add to the future amenity and social opportunity of the area,” documents stated. The report also outlined pros and cons for the new site, with pros including the site’s accessibility, historical relevance and tourism implications and cons including increased costs, delays caused by disruption to staff and parking. More on the Harvey and Australind precincts The council also requested the establishment of an Australind Precinct Community Reference Group with nominations to be sent out to members of the community towards the end of January.