THE site of a future library in the City of Wanneroo’s South Ward has shifted from Madeley to Landsdale.
Wanneroo Council unanimously endorsed draft concept designs to build the library at 15 the Broadview, beside Landsdale Forum and overlooking Broadview Park on Tuesday night.
The City had originally planned to build the library near Kingsway Shopping Centre, but decided to look for an alternative location last December amid protracted negotiations to secure the site.
“The development of a new library in the southern suburbs has been under consideration for some time,” Mayor Tracey Roberts said.
“From the draft concept designs it is envisaged that it will be a distinctive and unique community facility with a technology hub, public meeting rooms, quiet reading spaces and all of the essentials in a modern library, in addition to a cafe.”
Moving the recommendation to endorse the proposal for public consultation at the May 7 meeting, councillor Brett Treby said it was an “iconic site” and the double-storey option would have views over the lake in Broadview Park.
“That’s where the mobile library used to be – the library is coming back to Landsdale,” he said.
Cr Treby said the City’s library model co-located them other uses, referring to cafes located at the Wanneroo and Clarkson facilities.
He said it would also have benefits for the existing shopping centre, bringing more foot traffic to the area.
Cr Frank Cvitan said the footprint and architecture, designed by Bollig Design Group, would make it an outstanding building.
According to the council report, the City plans to spend about $300,000 next financial year and $400,000 in 2020-21 to do the detailed design and tender process.
It then plans to spend $6.24 million in 2021-22 to build the library.
Mrs Roberts encouraged residents of Landsdale and surrounding suburbs to get involved when the community consultation period takes place between June and July.
“We want to hear from you and this is your chance to have your say on this proposed new community facility and the benefits it can deliver,” she said.
Details will be published at wanneroo.wa.gov.au/yoursay when consultation opens.