The designs for the new library in Young have been formally endorsed by Hilltops Council.
“This is a significant milestone in the new joint-use library project and has been many months in the making,” shared Mayor Ingram. “Our focus is now working with the Department of Education on the contractual agreement between the parties that will legally commit Council to the joint-use facility. We know this joint-use model is precedent setting for a regional area and we welcome the collaborative working relationship we have with the Department of Education,” said Mayor Ingram.
The new joint-use library will include reading areas, video conferencing facilities, a multi-purpose workshop, a computer lab, a youth wellbeing hub, a coffee bar and a Wiradjuri learning and cultural centre. The library will be situated on the grounds of Young High School and will face Carrington Park. There will be dedicated community access.
Following planning approval, construction on the library is due to begin by mid-2020. Completion is expected by mid-2021.
Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke, said she was pleased the project had achieved another important milestone. “This is an exciting addition to Young that will deliver modern resources to our students and community now and into the future. The new library will provide the community with a centralised hub for social and cultural enrichment by providing greater opportunities to learn about Wiradjuri culture,” Ms Cooke said.
Education Minister Sarah Mitchell said she was excited to see the new images of the Young High School library upgrade. “We are committed to strengthening education infrastructure in regional areas, and to support the future of all children in NSW. This joint-use project also presents an opportunity to deliver new library facilities and high-quality resources to the wider Young community,” Ms Mitchell said.
Three community information sessions are being held on Thursday the 4th of July to provide the community more information about the project. The sessions are being held at the Hilltops Council Young Office and Young High School.
Hilltops Council (Young Office) - 12pm-2pm
Young High School - 2.30pm-5.30pm
Hilltops Council (Young Office) - 6pm-8pm
The designs are also available for viewing on the School Infrastructure NSW project website.
The lodgement of a State Significant Development Application is the next stage of the project. This is expected in coming months.
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