The prospect of a new library behind the Town Hall Facade is receiving strong support in early consultation around the future of the library.
Council has so far received over 40 detailed responses on the future of the library through three engagement sessions and face-to-face consultation with library staff.
Around 80 per cent of responses have come from library members, with 93 per cent calling for a new facility, five per cent requesting the existing building be renovated, and two per cent preferring to see nothing change at all.
Of those that want a new facility constructed, most have called for the construction of a new building that utilises the Town Hall Facade.
"Locals have a great deal of affection for the Town Hall Facade and the history it represents, and a lot of people want to see it brought back to life and in regular use," said Council's General Manager, James Roncon.
"However we're not forming any solid opinions at this stage. There's a still lot more consultation to occur, including two more engagement sessions and a community survey."
Some of the notable and recurring aspects locals have requested for the library's future include:
- More space
- Dedicated areas for crafts, computers, and community groups
- Retain the Outback Archives in a new library facility
- Ensure adequate parking
- More modern technology
- Kitchenette and tea and coffee facilities
- Dedicated youth area with study resources in line with the syllabus available for high school students
Mr Roncon said Council would now look forward to gathering further feedback through a community survey that is currently available.
"We really encourage everyone to have their say on the library, and just want to thank those who have provided feedback so far - it will be extremely valuable in helping inform Councillors' decisions," he said.
The survey can be found online here. Hard copies are also available from the Library and Council's Administrative Centre in Blende Street.
Those who prefer to give feedback in person are invited to come along to the two remaining engagement sessions that will be held at the library.
Council has already held three evening sessions, and the remaining two sessions have been moved to 10.30am on November 15 and 29 to accommodate those who have been unable to attend in the evening.