Creative West

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Footscray Library, Creative and Community Hub Redevelopment Project

Council continues to advocate for the redevelopment of Footscray Library into a new library, creative and community hub, known as Creative West (formerly known as NeXT Project).

In recognising the changing needs of our community we will be updating the business case for the proposed development and will seek to investigate viable options for the re-development of the current Footscray Library.

The updated business case will provide:

  • Recommendations on what is needed now, and into the future, as our population continues to grow and change.
  • An assessment of the economic and social benefits of a creative, community and cultural hub.
  • Financially viable options for the development of the project.

We will continue to plan and advocate for a new library, performance space, a place for people to connect, for increased green space, and in future-proofing access to community spaces and technology in the centre of Footscray.

Working with key stakeholders, our intention remains to address the current inequity of access to performance and creative facilities in the Western Metropolitan Region.  If successful, the Creative West project will provide our vibrant and creative community with much needed access to greater learning and cultural opportunities.

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More information

To find out more about the project contact Council’s Community Services and Social Infrastructure Planning team by phoning 9688 0200 or send an email to