Promising progress on new Byron Bay library

"IT looks promising."

That was president of the Byron Friends of the Library Bob Levett’s comment as progress is made on building a new library in town.

He said he had received advice from Byron Shire Council that council had received so many "competitive" tenders for the new building planned for the corner of Lawson and Middleton streets that a report won’t be made to today’s (June 9) council meeting, as was expected as more time was needed to assess the tenders.

Byron Shire Council’s executive manager of corporate management, Mark Arnold, said 14 companies had submitted tenders for the construction of the new library.

"During June, the tenders will be assessed by a five-member panel. The tender panel includes three external members," he said.

"The results will be confidentially reported to council in August.

"The construction start date will be set by the successful building company, but we are anticipating it will commence shortly after."

Mr Levett isn’t concerned about the slight delay, or "blip", as he described it.

"It looks like it’s going to happen," he said. "We’ve been in this place before.

"But council wouldn’t have gone to tender if funding hadn’t been available and we’re very hopeful."

The Friends of the Library have been pushing for a new library for 15 years.

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