A permanent library for Trafalgar is one step closer after Council unanimously endorsed the old Trafalgar Kindergarten at 28 Contingent Street as the preferred site, as well as concept designs and a recommendation to consider future budget allocation for the project.
Local library organisation My Community Library (Myli), who provides static library services in Warragul and Drouin, have shown full support for upgrading the current mobile library to a permanent fixture for the growing East Ward community of Trafalgar.
“A new static library in Trafalgar will create greater opportunity for the community to not only browse and borrow from a larger collection onsite but also experience a wider variety of programming not currently available through the mobile library” says Leanne Williams, CEO, Myli – My Community Library.
“It would provide the community and local businesses with access to a much-needed meeting room, access to computers and printing services, free Wi-Fi and a space to work or study outside the home. An added benefit will be the inclusion of Myli 24/7 access where approved members can access the library at a time that suits them, even when a staff member is not onsite.”
Initial concept designs include a main library space, meeting room, good natural lighting and the potential to expand with a covered outdoor area.
With the site and initial designs now endorsed, Council will progress to considering funding allocation towards the development of detailed designs.
Quotes attributable to Mayor Cr Michael Leaney
“This is a very positive project for our entire community, not just Trafalgar.”
“The current mobile library provides an excellent service however as our communities grow, it is a challenge to keep up with pace. Trafalgar is our third largest town, and it needs a static library.
Technology is constantly changing and with the ability to offer a 24/7 library service it will mean more accessibility for our community.”
Quotes attributable to Mover Cr Darren Wallace
“The static library has been wanted by the Trafalgar community for a long time.
The old Trafalgar kinder site is perfectly located within the Trafalgar community hub, with the Old Town Hall, community garden, Men’s shed, maternal health services and existing car parking nearby and being a Council owned building, this location is a no brainer.”
Quotes attributable to Seconder Deputy Mayor Cr Annemarie McCabe
“I took the opportunity to visit the old Trafalgar kindergarten site recently and feel confident that this will be a great library space for the Trafalgar community’s new library.
With ample natural light and potential for outdoor expansion, I think the community will get a real buzz from visiting this community library space and look forward to the detailed design stage.”