Call for library fundraisers

A move by the Byron Shire Council to call for professional fundraisers to help raise $1 million to go towards the construction of the long-awaited new Byron Bay Library has been welcomed by the Friends Of The Library group.


President Bob Levett said the group was more than happy with the call for expressions of interest for capital fundraising for the library.


“Finally some action is happening and in fact we recommended this move to the council months ago,” he said.


“The professional fundraisers can target the remaining money that we need for the library.


“We are nearly there, we only need about $1 million, so hopefully we can bridge this gap and get the library under way.”


Byron Council contracts manager Trish Kirkland said the project had already been approved for the Deductible Gift Recipient Status.


“With the assistance of professional fundraisers and community support, we are hoping the project will be funded by the end of the year and construction can commence,” Ms Kirkland said.


At a total project cost of about $6 million, the new library will be funded from council loans; reserves; a $200,000 State Library Development Grant and fundraising.


Consultants have also been engaged to prepare the final construction contract documentation, which is expected to take about eight weeks to complete.


Located on the corner of Lawson and Middleton streets, the library will meet multiple needs.


The facility will provide a lifelong learning centre and a place to display and celebrate the talent of artists and craftspeople within the shire.


The library will also have a section for Indigenous research and archival material in recognition of the Arakwal people and their assistance in making available the land for the library.


With sustainable features on energy, water and building materials, the library design will provide the building with a five-star rating.


Expressions of interest for capital fundraising will close on September 2 and details can be found on council’s website at www.byron.nsw.gov.au/expressions-of-interest
 


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