New library plans created

A community-based working party will put together new plans for the Yankalilla library, after a multi-million dollar facility was pushed to the wayside.

The District Council of Yankalilla granted the Library Community Working Party $4000 at its November meeting to "draw up plans for the proposed new library".

It comes after a previous modern facility proposal by the council was scrapped earlier this year, after it did not receive dollar-for-dollar government funding needed to get it up and running.

At the November meeting, councillor David Olsson put forward a motion on notice which asked the group to provide more details before handing over funds - details which included what would be delivered in the plans, requirements to make the project 'spade ready' for submission to be approved, if the plans would include detailed costings, high level estimated costs for the building, a proposed long-term financial plan and requirements to apply for grants.

"We should acknowledge the hard and diligent work done by the working party," he said.

"I want clear and concise input from the Lions Club for their vision for mobilising youth into the centre."

Although this motion was seconded by councillor Leon Zarins, it was lost due to a lack of support. The second motion to provide the $4000 to the working party, moved by councillor Davina Quirke and seconded by councillor Alistair Christie, was carried.

Cr Quirke said giving the working party funding to create plans gave the council "something tactile to look at", and if there were any uncertainties the council could always ask the group questions.

Mayor Glen Rowlands said the new concept plans would come from previous consultation done with the wider community.

"The community is doing the work. If it comes from the community, they feel more ownership," he said.

Among those represented in the working party are the Lions Club, library staff, the school, local churches, and the general community.