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THE cat is seem­ingly out of the bag with what the fu­ture could hold for the Stan­thorpe Li­brary.

Over the week­end ar­chi­tec­ture firm Com­plete Ur­ban posted to Face­book and Instagram that they’ve been “en­gaged by South­ern Downs Re­gional Coun­cil to un­der­take a fea­si­bil­ity study into the re­lo­ca­tion of the cur­rent Stan­thorpe Li­brary into the Stan­thorpe Civic Cen­tre”.

“The cur­rent Stan­thorpe Li­brary oc­cu­pies 421sq m in a pur­pose-built fa­cil­ity in Weeroona Park ap­prox­i­mately 100m to the west of the Civic Cen­tre.

“The build­ing is shared with the Stan­thorpe Art Gallery who are look­ing to ex­pand their floor area into the space cur­rently oc­cu­pied by the li­brary,” the com­pany’s post said.

“Com­plete (Ur­ban) have iden­ti­fied 3 po­ten­tial lo­ca­tions in the cur­rent Civic Cen­tre that may be suit­able to house the re­lo­cated li­brary.

“The aim of the fea­si­bil­ity study is to as­sess the con­di­tion of the ex­ist­ing build­ing, and to make com­ment on the suit­abil­ity of the build­ing to ac­com­mo­date a li­brary.”

While the move is not set in stone, peo­ple have taken to so­cial me­dia to vent their dis­ap­point­ment about the lack of com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion re­gard­ing the move.

A coun­cil spokesper­son told the Bor­der Post yes­ter­day that con­sul­ta­tion would oc­cur once the fea­si­bil­ity study was com­pleted.

Back on Septem­ber 29, 2017, SDRC Cr Rod Kelly spoke to the Bor­der Post on this ex­act is­sue.

Cr Kelly said con­sul­ta­tion would be paramount when the time came to dis­cuss the fa­cil­ity’s shift.

“It’s not just a mat­ter of pick­ing up the li­brary and shift­ing it, be­cause peo­ple have been go­ing to that place for a long time,” Cr Kelly said.

“If we were to move the li­brary, and that’s still in the dis­cus­sion stage, we want to make sure we fol­low a process and just don’t go and move it and say ‘peo­ple, here’s your new li­brary’.

“That’s not the way we want to do busi­ness.

“If we do move it you’ve got to be con­scious of ac­cess for ev­ery­body.

“There needs to be a fea­si­bil­ity study done on the re­lo­ca­tion of the li­brary, if that was to hap­pen, and make sure that we have ad­e­quate com­mu­ni­ca­tion and dis­cus­sion with the users of the li­brary,” Cr Kelly said.

“For me, if you re­lo­cate some­thing you need to make sure that it is as good as or bet­ter than what you’ve got when you started,” he said back in Septem­ber.

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