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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.

October 2020 - Approval of Concept Plans and Establishment of Working Party

Council endorsed the concept plans for the New Library and will proceed to the detailed drawings and tender phase. A new Library Build Working Party will be created to evaluate the tender responses (within budget) and be involved in the major decision making and variance and milestone signoffs throughout the construction phase. The Working Party consists of Mayor Rowlands, Deputy Mayor Rothwell, Chief Executive Nigel Morris, Chief Operating Officer Andy Baker and Library Team Leader Sandra Skinner. The President of Community Library Action Group (CLAG), Ross Trigg (or proxy) will be invited to join the Working Party.

Council will proceed to the construction phase if the Working Party determine that the outcomes of the tender process are favourable (within budget and meeting requirements). Updates on the New Library Project will be included in the monthly Elected Member Forum and monthly Chief Executive Report to Council.

September 2020

The Council was notified that the grant submission for half the cost of a $2.2M project was unsuccessful.  As resolved at the June 2020 budget meeting, Administration has commenced investigations into a lesser sized building that fits within the remaining allocated budget of $883,500 for the building component.

To progress the resolution, Administration has met with a local architect to scope the project with a view to engaging local contractors and the Depot Team to perform the build and fit-out.

Progress on the New Library Project will be presented to the October 2020 meeting of Council.