Library site options

THE possibility of locating the future Sale library at the new Advance TAFE campus at the Port of Sale has been raised.

A feasibility study into the new library will be presented to Wellington Shire Council soon and is likely to recommend it be located in the central business district or at the Port of Sale.

But the draft feasibility study listed the TAFE site as being inappropriate to house the new library.

Advance TAFE chief executive Peter Heilbuth raised the idea publicly during Tuesday night’s Wellington Shire Council meeting.

“We see many mutual benefits of a co-location of that service,” he told council.

The study will outline potential locations, options of a stand alone building or incorporating the library as part of a broader community hub, economic models and architectural plans.

The Port of Sale offers sites which are relatively free of design limitations and offer a cultural experience alongside the gallery and entertainment centre.

Two sites at the port are owned by council.

There are potential synergies with other community organisations and the number of people in the area which would favour a library in the CBD.

There is, however, a lack of CBD sites owned by council.

The draft feasibility study also listed Community College Gippsland, Sale Memorial Hall, McMillan Park and the current police station site as being inadequate for the library.

For more read Friday’s Gippsland Times.