Update and next steps

We recently shared the proposed plans for the Kootingal Hall and Library redevelopment over a 28-day community consultation period. During this time, we received a number of different ideas, concerns, compliments and questions about the proposed plans.

A Councillor Workshop was held on the 29 April where feedback received during this consultation period was presented for consideration by the Councillors. All Councillors agreed that retaining the integrity and heritage of the Hall is important and that of equal importance, the community also needed a bigger library space to support the growing demand and population. The outcome of the workshop was to change the plans to reflect the Kootingal Library being housed in a purpose-built adjoining section at the rear of the existing Kootingal War Memorial Hall.

We are currently working with the designers to finalise the design and be able to lodge a development application.

In order however to move forward with the proposed redevelopment, we will need to seek support and approval regarding these changes from the relevant government funding bodies and await the development application approval.

Revised plans as of August 2021

Background

The need for expansion and revitalisation of the Kootingal Library has been identified by the community over a period of the last ten years. Opportunities to address the need have been hampered by:

  • Lack of available land
  • Lack of suitable buildings for sale
  • Tenancy and usage of the remainder of the current building

Scope

The scope of the project is to open up the interior of the building and refurbish as an open plan flexible floor-space library/community meeting and event area. It includes:

  • Remove internal walls between front and rear sections of the building
  • Installation of staff workroom at front of building
  • Installation of bathrooms in the location of existing library kitchen
  • Installation of access ramps and paving near side entrance to the building
  • Installation of large windows along the Northern side of the building
  • Renovate existing hall wet areas to create a dedicated children's space
  • Upgrade electrical and data
  • New and additional library resources (Makerspace equipment, books etc)

Goal

The project goal is create a cultural hub for Kootingal and surrounding areas with a well situated, accessible library space and flexible floor plan, allowing for lounge seating, makerspace activities, children's literacy groups and community events.

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