Media Releases 2012

Larger library booked for North Fitzroy

27 June 2012

Childrens BookNew plans will be developed for the proposed North Fitzroy Community Hub after Yarra Council decided last night to provide for a larger library space.

Council is proposing to build the hub on a St Georges Road site that it purchased last year.

Yarra Mayor Cr Geoff Barbour said Council had resolved at its meeting last night to expand the project’s scope to increase the library’s size by about 200m2.

Cr Barbour said Council was acting on feedback it had received from community members who are part of a Design Reference Group and whose role is to provide input to Council on the project.

“This building will have a lifespan of 50-plus years so it’s important we meet community expectations from the start,” Cr Barbour said.

“The original design provided for a 600m2 library, which was based on the recommendations of a library expert,” he said.

“Local residents who have lobbied for a purpose-built North Fitzroy library for many years are telling us there is community demand for a larger library,” he said.

“In the original design concept, there was to be a void above the ground floor library space. We have now changed the scope of the project so that the void will be filled in with a second floor, most of which will be devoted to library space.”

Cr Barbour said the hub would also include areas for Council customer service, family and children’s services (including a maternal and child health area) and large flexible rooms for a multicultural seniors group and general community use.

He said expanding the scope of the project could add about $1.3 million to the project’s $13.2 million budget. However, a revised budget estimate for the project would not be determined until Council considered a new design concept for the hub in mid-2013.

The project’s architects Whitefield McQueen Irwin Alsop will now work with the Design Reference Group (which includes community members, Ward Councillors and Council staff) to develop that new design concept.  Cr Barbour said the extra work needed to make sure the hub met community expectations had also affected the project’s timelines. Construction of the hub was now not expected to be completed until mid 2015.

Further information
Ainslie Gowan
Communications Coordinator
9205 5177 / 0400 933 700


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