The GIL Library Hub
- Project typeRelocation and upgrade
- Project value$2,959,544
- Project scheduleDevelopment Application approved
The new GIL Library Hub will deliver on Council’s core action to drive The Gilgandra Activation Blueprint. This commitment is about delivering community assets, enhancing and complementing existing services to further drive community and visitors to the CBD with a vibrant, attractive and socially connected space.
Gilgandra Shire Library commenced operations in 1923 as a part library, part community gathering space, and the building has adapted internally to changing community needs. However, the space that was once ample became increasingly cramped as the Library has attempted to provide the increasing service need in our community.
The GIL Library Hub project is made possible with the assistance of a range of funding contributors, including the Building Better Regions Fund (Rd 4), Gilgandra Shire Council, and NSW state government funding through Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, Create NSW and State Library Fund. Create NSW and State Library Fund. Construction is expected to commence at 30-32 Miller Street mid 2021 with completion expected in early 2022.
There will be regular community sessions and opportunities to Have Your Say as Council progresses through the various stages of the project. Feedback is also welcomed at any time, which can be provided by clicking here.
Public exhibition of the DA has recently closed, with consideration of the matter set for July 2021 Council meeting. The July 2021 Business Paper and associated attachments are available here.
Neighbouring plaza upgrade concept
Council is also exploring opportunities to capitalise on the redevelopment of this key building in the CBD through enhancement and integration of the neighbouring plaza area with the GIL Library Hub (see plaza concept following). Read Council's media release (15 March 2021) here with an excerpt also provided as follows:
"It is an exciting project in not only developing the GIL Library Hub, but a further concept has emerged following project design meetings, Councillor workshops and community feedback to upgrade the adjacent plaza space. Ideas raised have included more greenery, shade and seating in our main street along with opportunities for bringing people to stop, stay and enjoy Gilgandra.
The proposal to upgrade the adjacent plaza space, includes the rebuild of the public toilets into the design of the GIL Library Hub. This allows for the main entry to the Hub to be from the plaza side and the plaza opening through to the river and Windmill Walk.
Public access to toilets would remain, the entrance to them would instead be through a recess into the GIL building, with a proposed modesty wall into the plaza, creating privacy, along with additional space and opportunity for community art and information. The relocation, although only a short distance, would see the toilets, with appropriate public and after-hours access from the plaza".
Regular community consultation and Have Your Say opportunities will be available throughout the course of the project so keep an eye out for these on our Events page.
We also welcome feedback on an ongoing basis through the following online form, via email or please call Council on 6817 8800.
30-32 Miller Street, Gilgandra 2827 View Map