Yankalilla Community Library
$250,000 Grant and Green Light to Proceed
On 12 October 2020, Federal Minister for Mayo, Rebekha Sharkie announced that she had secured, through the Federal Budget, $250,000 to “fit out the new purpose-built library space”. “The new library will have improved mobility access, more engaging, multi-use spaces and will be fitted out with upgraded technology”. Rebekha said “Yankalilla is a small town on the Fleurieu coast but its size belies a strong, vibrant and inclusive community”. Read the full Media Release
The process to find a permanent home for the Library has been ongoing since 2014, over six years. At the October 2020 Council Meeting, the historic decision was made to provide that much needed permanent home for the Library by approving the concept plans and appointing a Working Group to take the concepts plans to fruition.
Mayor Glen Rowlands said, “Council has made the decision to push on with building the extension to the Centre at 181 Main South Road to accommodate the Library”. “To get to this point it has been 6 years, lots of discussions, consultation and recommendations from the Community Library Advisory Group to build a concept plan”.
After listening to community feedback and unsuccessful grant funding applications, Administration commenced investigations into a lesser sized building that fits within the remaining allocated budget of $883,500. The concept plans (below) illustrate a New Library build of 314 sqm gross and a new outdoor deck area of 51 sqm gross.
Council staff have been working with a local Building Designer to scope the project and will focus on utilising local contractors and the Depot Team to perform the build and fit-out, to keep as much money in the local economy as possible.