New $6 million library for Bracken Ridge

HOLLY FENWICK

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Bracken Ridge Library to be replaced in $6 million project  Photo: Holly Fenwick

Brisbane City Council have announced the planning, design and community consultation phase for Bracken Ridge`s new $6 million library will start next week.

The new Bracken Ridge library is part of the Brisbane City Council’s $3 billion budget for 2017/18. Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has allocated $69 million of funds to the renovating or rebuilding of nine Brisbane libraries.

With construction starting in 2018 Bracken Ridge Ward Councillor Amanda Cooper explained that the new library will be built next to the existing building.

“The current library will continue to operate and, once the new library is built, we’ll move into there and the current library will become the new carpark,” Cr Cooper said.

Cr Quirk said libraries are an important part of Brisbane communities and provide much needed leisure space for residents.

“Brisbane’s libraries are integral to a smart-thinking, easy-living New World City, providing opportunities for learning, recreational reading and cultural activities,” Cr Quirk said.

Locals are invited to help celebrate the library’s thirtieth birthday on Saturday 26th August at a special community day.

The event will include a free sausage sizzle, a talk from Sandgate Historical Society, a street science show, face painting, a visiting police car, kids craft activities and much more.

Former Lord Mayor Sallyanne Atkinson, who opened the original library in 1987, will be welcomed back on Saturday for the event.  The former mayor and Cr Cooper will be hosting a children’s story time and cutting a cake at 11am.

The thirtieth birthday celebration will be on Saturday 26 August, 9.30am until 3pm at Bracken Ridge Library, 77 Bracken Street, Bracken Ridge.

For more information go to www.brisbane.qld/gov.au/libraries  or call 3404 8888.

 

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