Feasibility study explores future opportunities for Stanthorpe Library


Tuesday, 10 April, 2018. 

 Feasibility study to explore future opportunities for Stanthorpe Library 

Southern Downs Regional Council is currently undertaking a feasibility study to evaluate the use of facilities in the Stanthorpe civic precinct to best meet the needs of the community. Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery has provided Council with its five year plan, which indicates its intention to expand and outlines the need for additional space to continue to host first-class exhibitions and to display its collection.

Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery is highly regarded and an important cultural asset for the region. The expansion and upgrade of the gallery ensures its longevity for future generations and means an enhanced exhibition space for local artists, more quality exhibitions of both local and national significance, increased visitation to the region and more tourism.

Stanthorpe Library is a valued community asset and the feasibility study is a starting point to explore opportunities for its expansion and possible relocation.  Once the study is completed and presented to the community, SDRC will work in partnership with the community which will be encouraged to consult with Council to provide feedback and offer new ideas, and present options not yet considered.

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. No decision has yet been made regarding Stanthorpe Library and any future decisions will be informed by consultation with the community.

The feasibility study will also take into consideration feedback received from the Stanthorpe community regarding backpackers causing congestion around in and around the library on order to access free Wi-Fi facilities.

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