The existing Grafton library at the corner of Prince and Victoria streets.
The existing Grafton library at the corner of Prince and Victoria streets.

Council hears case for new library

A NEW library is under consideration for Grafton.

A meeting of the Clarence Valley Council tomorrow will consider a report from council officers that states the library at the corner of Prince and Victoria streets is 41 years old, has more than 12,000 active members and has, on average more than 380 visits a day.

It states the existing library cannot house the current collection.

Concept plans have already been prepared and potential sites considered. These include the vacated Ford dealership in Fitzroy Street (purchase $2.6 million) and Black Toyota in Prince Street (purchase price up to $1.6 million).

“Both sites rate reasonably well against library location criteria,” the report states.

It also quotes a survey of Daily Examiner readers in which just as many respondents wanted an upgrade to the library as those wanting road upgrades as a priority for allocation of Federal Government infrastructure funds.

“A contemporary library facility and service would contribute to addressing social disadvantage in our community while achieving a more socially inclusive community,” the report states.

“A purpose-built and located contemporary library will achieve efficiencies in operations and costs while providing a recognisable and attractive cultural facility that acts as a hub for a local government area whose identity is underpinned by its cultural richness,” it states.

“The total cost for the library, including fit out, at Pound Street, Grafton, is $9,232,926. Fit out includes furniture and equipment and is estimated at $600,000 approximately.

“Fit-out costs have also been confirmed by comparison with other recent library developments,” council officers said.

The report will be considered by the full council when it meets in Maclean at 2pm tomorrow.



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