Library to re-open within two weeks

The Geelong
West Library and the City’s Geelong West Customer Service Centre is scheduled
to re-open in time for the start of the school holidays.

The City took
the precautionary measure of temporarily closing the Pakington Street building last
Thursday, to address a contained, moderate growth of mould.

testing by an independent specialist found that the mould was restricted to a
small area, under the carpet, near a window in the west end of the library.

The assessment
found no other areas of the building had been affected.

Testing in multiple
other locations – in the air and on surfaces – returned low, normal and safe
readings for mould.

The City has
begun the necessary repairs to the building.

A clearance
certificate, confirming that the building is fit for occupancy, will be gained
before the City re-opens it on Monday 23 September.

The investigation
found that the moderate mould was likely the result of stormwater flooding.

A storm gate,
which will be operated when strong rains are forecast, will help avoid further incidences
of minor flooding.

Ahead of the
re-opening, the community can attend one of the City’s six other Customer
Service Centres, such as 100 Brougham Street, Geelong or 163 High Street,

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