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Joondalup Times - - NEWS - Lucy Jarvis

THE City of Wan­neroo will in­ves­ti­gate op­tions for a south­ern suburbs li­brary and com­mu­nity fa­cil­ity amid pro­tracted ne­go­ti­a­tions to se­cure a Kingsway Shop­ping Cen­tre site.

At its De­cem­ber meet­ing, the coun­cil agreed to ask chief ex­ec­u­tive Daniel Simms to in­ves­ti­gate al­ter­na­tive sites and present a re­port after con­cept de­sign de­vel­op­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to a coun­cil re­port, de­vel­op­ment of an­other li­brary had been planned for a long time, with the in­tended lo­ca­tion a com­mu­nity site at Made­ley shop­ping cen­tre.

The re­port said the City in­vited ar­chi­tec­tural con­sul­tan­cies to sub­mit pro­pos­als in 2016.

“Bol­lig De­sign Group Pty Ltd was en­gaged to pre­pare con­cept de­sign plans for the pro­posed de­vel­op­ment of a li­brary fa­cil­ity at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions in the Kingsway Shop­ping Cen­tre precinct,” it said.

The re­port said the City was in­volved in le­gal pro­ceed­ings with cen­tre site owner Tah Land Pty Ltd and sought to en­force terms of the deed that re­quired it to sub­di­vide and trans­fer the site to the City.

“Noth­ing in the deed pre­vents the City from procur­ing an al­ter­na­tive site to es­tab­lish a li­brary and com­mu­nity fa­cil­ity in the area, nor would un­der­tak­ing such ac­tion prej­u­dice the cur­rent le­gal pro­ceed­ings,” it said.

“Con­sid­er­ing the pro­tracted process of lit­i­ga­tion, ad­min­is­tra­tion has un­der­taken pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tions into al­ter­na­tive de­vel­op­ment sites within the South ward that have the ca­pac­ity to ac­com­mo­date a new li­brary or com­mu­nity fa­cil­ity.”

Coun­cil­lor Brett Treby said he was ex­cited by the op­por­tu­nity.

“This presents us with a mag­nif­i­cent op­por­tu­nity to look at one or two iconic sites,” he said.

The al­ter­na­tive site would need to be at least 3000sq m, prefer­ably Crown land and zoned ap­pro­pri­ately.

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