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Council to work with community towards bigger and better Stanthorpe Library

Southern Downs Regional Council will undertake community consultation on the expansion of Stanthorpe Library after Council resolved to receive a recently undertaken feasibility study at its July General Meeting.

Southern Downs Deputy Mayor and Councillor for Governance, Finance and New Projects, Jo McNally said engaging with the community on Stanthorpe Library is about working towards the best possible outcome for Stanthorpe’s cultural spaces.

It’s about working towards an outcome that is best for both Stanthorpe Library and Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery,” Cr McNally said.

“When we take this out for public consultation, I ask people to consider what is best for both of those community spaces and for those who use the facilities.

“Please read it, go through it carefully and ask what is best for both moving forward because it’s about the future and about the expanding population in Stanthorpe.”

The community consultation process will relate to four possible future options for the library, identified by the Stanthorpe Library Feasibility study, undertaken by consultants Complete Urban.

The study evaluated the current facilities in Stanthorpe’s civic precinct to determine the needs of the community and the feasibility of constructing a new library, or retrofitting an existing facility to accommodate a library, near the Stanthorpe Administration building.

Four options were identified as a part of the Stanthorpe Library Feasibility Study including:

·         A new single storey library incorporating the existing meeting rooms and supper room on Lock Street

·         A new two storey library incorporating the exhibition space between the Civic Centre and Administration building

·         A new build, single storey library on Marsh Street

·         The expansion of the existing library and art gallery in Weeroona Park

 Southern Downs Mayor Tracy Dobie said the longevity of both facilities rests upon a need to expand.

“Both the library and art gallery were purpose built and have outgrown their current space,” Cr Dobie said.

“The consultants have come up with some great options for the community to consider around how those facilities are used.

“The community consultation process is about residents having an opportunity to tell us what option they prefer or put forward ideas that perhaps Council hasn’t yet considered.

“Both the library and the gallery are public spaces that are highly valued by the community, so Council is looking forward to hearing  feedback and ideas.”

The feasibility study will support future applications for State and Federal Government funding, once the feasibility study has gone through community consultation and been adopted by Council.

Copies of the Stanthorpe Library feasibility study will be made available for viewing at Council’s Stanthorpe and Warwick administration buildings and libraries, Allora library, Stanthorpe Art Gallery and the SDRC website.

Council will also host a public meeting at Stanthorpe Civic Centre from 5.30pm until 6.30pm, 8 August 2018.

Have your say! Council encourages all residents across the Southern Downs to share their ideas and provide feedback on the expansion and development of Stanthorpe Library. For more information visit www.sdrc.qld.gov.au or call 1300 MY SDRC (1300 697372).

Media Contact: Julia Baker - 0429 430 250 or sdrcmedia@sdrc.qld.gov.au

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