The City of Greater Geelong is asking the community for feedback on the design principles and conceptual plan for the redevelopment of the Chilwell Library.
Working with the Geelong Regional Library Corporation and the Chilwell Library Group, the city aims to ensure the facility meets the expectations and needs of the community now and in the future.
The redevelopment is focused on ensuring that the Chilwell Library remains a community-oriented facility while improving integration with the park and providing new common rooms and toilet facilities.
The city’s 2021-22 budget included a $ 100,000 allocation to design the upgrade, while an additional $ 900,000 is expected to be included in the 2022-23 budget for construction.
The city is seeking additional sources of funding from all levels of government, including an application submitted for a minor grant from the Living Libraries.
Greater Geelong Mayor Stephanie Asher encouraged the community to have a say in the plans for the esteemed community library.
âWe know this upgrade is important to the Newtown community, and the council was proud to allocate funds to renovate the library,â she said.
âWe worked closely with the Geelong Regional Library Corporation and the Chilwell Library Group to develop a set of design principles aimed at strengthening the library’s connection to Sladen Park, as well as expanding and improving the facilities.
“We want to hear from community members whether the design principles reflect the views of the wider community and whether the concept map is on the right track.”
The Chilwell Library has served the community since 1958.
Brownbill Parish Councilor Peter Murrihy said the local libraries are at the heart of our communities and welcomed the opportunity for library members, visitors and residents to comment on the redevelopment plans.
“The Chilwell Library is a popular community asset that enables dedicated library services and vital social connections,” said Cr Murrihy.
âThe upgrade will create meeting rooms that will more than double the capacity of the library and provide opportunities for more diverse programs, activities and events for all ages.
âLibraries are an integral part of our communities; They help foster a lifelong love of reading and learning, help people develop new skills, develop digital skills, access support and information, and meet people. “
The online survey is open until January 31 at yoursay.geelongaustralia.com.au/clr.