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  1. michael, 16. July 2019, 0:53

    We have Mr Lavery telling us there will be no decision on the library for over a year!! We have the Mayor telling us it will be saved if possible. Yet, we have a well-known and experienced structural engineer telling us it can be remedied relatively easy.
    So why do we have to wait, why does this have to drag on when 1 million people a year use the library and want it back. It is so frustrating to think that this time next year we will no doubt be no further on regarding the library, and if the town hall is anything to go by, we will be still waiting in 10 years.

    Then we get told by the WCC councillor present that it is up to us (the ratepayers) to decide what we want, that we have to decide how we are going to pay for it. So, a suggestion, greeted with loud applause, that the convention centre be stopped to pay for the library was rejected by the councillor who told us the convention centre was being built to make money to pay for things like the library. Well that statement generated a lot of laughs.

  2. Andrew S, 16. July 2019, 8:09

    Yes its a great idea to reopen the undamaged library .

  3. Donald T., 16. July 2019, 9:40

    Ken Lavery is not paid enough to make a decision within a year. He’s only on half a million dollars. Real decision makers are on at least ten times that amount. We need to pay the Kens of this world millions more to get decisions made quickly and with performance ‘bonuses’ attached.

  4. Iona Pannett, 16. July 2019, 10:35

    I favour heritage protection for our library and agree that it is indeed a fine piece of architecture. [via twitter]

  5. Money Castle, 16. July 2019, 13:00

    @Iona P – Heritage – you mean just like Erskine College? Didn’t that building have a heritage listing but the WCC let the developer just let it rot so much that he got permission to flatten it.

  6. Mathew Biars, 16. July 2019, 13:05

    Things don’t have to be “heritage” in order to be kept or to be valued. The undamaged library should be reopened.
    I note Iona your words fall short as the council have failed to protect a beautiful heritage building on Rugby Street that’s now in the landfill.

  7. Michael Gibson, 16. July 2019, 17:44

    As the manager of the owners who sold Erskine to the present owner, I can confirm what Money Castle says.
    I can also confirm that the Council was so keen on the site being developed that it would not approve our plan for saving the College from destruction,
    Please keep on your toes, Iona!

  8. Russel C., 16. July 2019, 17:57

    Hey Donald T. it’s Kev not Ken! Get your facts right and don’t besmirch the Kens of this world. I recall a movie about a Australian Ken who sorted out dysfunctional Australian lavatories for not much money. I can’t see Kev doing that can you? He’d take too long!

  9. John Doe, 17. July 2019, 5:45

    Asking sincerely: do the architects or engineers commenting on the ability to save the library in these forums have access to any of the studies assessing present building conditions — the kind of work WCC and engineers would be doing now (presumably hoping to find any feasible way to address problems in order to open as soon as possible)? Lots of arguments presented mention the historic nature of the building and the important work of Athfield as well as the desire to have a functioning central library — seems like the WCC would be just as interested in preserving the space if it could be done safely and is financially possible, as demolition would be a political nightmare.