Footscray is a thriving and vibrant hub, but what is NeXT?
Published on 11 March 2020
Last chance to have your say on the Footscray Library, Cultural and Community Hub
The aim of the NeXT project is to create a library, cultural and community hub for the West that provides for our growing and diverse community. It is expected to include a library of the future that will combine multipurpose facilities that will provide our residents with spaces to read, work, create, perform and celebrate the diversity of our community. The building is expected to be surrounded by green space for visitors to enjoy.
The existing Footscray Library is a highly valued and well-utilised facility, however as the building is more than 25 years old, the current provision standard falls well short of the design, layout and digital capability of contemporary library facilities.
The proposed multi-function community hub would meet the needs generated by current and projected population growth in Footscray. It is expected to resource the library, learning, arts, culture and social engagement needs of Footscray, wider Maribyrnong and the west.
The facility will also be a central resource for our schools and university student population, who need contemporary spaces with capacity for study, events and graduations.
A Feasibility Study and a Business Case have been completed for the project following many months of targeted community and stakeholder consultation, site assessments, benchmarking, concept design and scale options analysis.
This resulted in four building options that could be achieved on the current Footscray Library and Car Park site. The designs propose such uses as a modern library, performing arts flexible theatre, arts gallery and exhibition spaces, community meeting spaces, Council administration spaces, commercial tenancy opportunities and green spaces.
This is an exciting project for the City of Maribyrnong and the Western region of Melbourne that requires clear community support as well as 3-tiers of funding support from Local, State and Federal governments.
A survey is currently available on Council’s engagement platform, Your City, Your Voice, for community members to find out more about the project and to have their say before 26 March. There are also a number of information sessions taking place, with full details also available on Your City, Your Voice.
Message from the Mayor, Cr Sarah Carter
Council’s vision is to create an iconic and innovative building that everyone in our community can use and enjoy now and well into the future, whilst having access to quality learning and literary resources, and contemporary digital technology to enhance lifelong learning. This space will be for you, so I encourage everyone to have their say and let us know what they want in a library, cultural and community hub.
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