Council plans for library of the future

26 October 2015

COMMUNITY FEEDBACK NEEDED FOR LIBRARY OF THE FUTURE

Alpine Shire Council is seeking community input regarding the future location and configuration of library services in Mount Beauty.

Council recently secured $280,000 from the State Government’s Living Libraries Fund to renovate the existing Mount Beauty Library, however Council’s Director Corporate Performance Trevor Britten said it’s important to revisit the plans with the community, given the recent decision to change the way library services are delivered.

“With over 40 per cent of Mounty Beauty and surrounding townships holding a library membership card we know that libraries play a crucial role in bringing communities together and this is particularly the case for rural communities like ours.

“We now have an opportunity to explore whether library services, customer service and visitor information services can be somehow united to provide better community outcomes such as extended opening hours and better accessibility.”

Mr Britten said a Public Information and Consultation session is being planned that will be informative and provide the community with sufficient understanding and opportunity to formulate an opinion and express their view.

“This is a great opportunity for library users in Mount Beauty to provide Council with insight into their visions for the future library services in Mount Beauty,” he said.

“Council has an ongoing commitment to deliver high quality services that meet the needs of a changing community and as we move towards higher levels of electronic content we have the opportunity to re-evaluate our physical spaces and enhance the library’s role as a community hub.”

Alpine Shire Council Mayor Jan Vonarx said local libraries make a vital contribution towards the social, educational and recreational developments of residents.

“They are not just places to borrow a book, but social hubs for all members of our region, no matter their age or interest. It is important we think ahead and plan for future generations,” Cr Vonarx said.

“I encourage the community to play an active role in this process as it will ensure that the views and priorities of the community are presented to Council and will ensure that we make a well-informed decision.”

Council is co-hosting the Public Information and Consultation session with the Upper Kiewa Valley Community Association at the Mount Beauty Community Centre on Wednesday, November 11, from 5.30pm – 7pm.

Community members are invited to arrive from 3pm to view designs and there will also be an opportunity to leave questions to be addressed in the public forum.

For those unable to attend, the session will be filmed and be available online or free to download at the Mount Beauty Library.

Parents and carers are welcome to bring their children, a quiet play area for will be set up for the duration of the session.

The Mount Beauty Library project has been made possible through $280,000 through State Government Living Libraries Fund and $140,000 from Alpine Shire Council.

ENDS

For more information please contact Vanessa Burgess on (03) 5755 0555, or vanessab@alpineshire.vic.gov.au.


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