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Capital funding for Library reinstated

posted 3 Apr 2018, 18:24 by Christel Mex   [ updated 3 Apr 2018, 19:58 ]
Capital funding for the Norwood Library is now included in Council's Long-Term Financial Plan, thanks to unanimous support for the Mayor's motion to have it reinstated. The gallery was full of supporters of the Library, and two deputations were made by prominent members of our community Mr Jim Dunk and Ms Carole Whitelock. There were also two petitions with over 1000 signatures in support of the capital funding being reinstated.

It is still a long way off, but the process will start with investigations for its possible relocation as part of a multi-purpose facility at the Norwood Town Hall, or refurbished in its current location. 

Here's what I said at last night's meeting:

I agree that there was a disproportionate weighting given to comments made by some elected members who questioned the need for a third library.

The decision to remove the $3.5 million capital funding for the Norwood Library from the draft long-term financial plan gave the impression of unfairness especially after the Payneham & St Peters libraries refurbishments were duly completed, 

As the Mayor rightfully points out, use of the Norwood Library is growing as is the population of Norwood.


Before she passed away Bernadette Bean, who was the President of the Norwood Residents Association at the time, told me she was more than happy for her rates to be used to upgrade the Norwood Oval, playgrounds and other facilities she did not use personally. She recognised the importance of those assets to other residents and for the common good. As a witness to the February meeting, she was extremely hurt and disappointed that her needs were overlooked as a regular library user. She did not drive and could not access other libraries easily. Bernadette was not wealthy and depended on this free source of literature and information.


Bringing the expenditure forward to the next term of Council is also a good idea. As whatever happens, the Norwood Institute Building is a valuable asset to our community and needs urgent attention.