Work on the landmark new library complex in St George has reached a key milestone.
Balonne Shire Mayor Samantha O’Toole and Councillor Rod Avery have turned the ceremonial first sod on the project after demolition of the old buildings on the site was completed this week.
“The demolition work all went smoothly and now we have a clean site for the construction work to begin on the new library hub,” Mayor O’Toole said.
“This is an exciting event for the region. This new library will include a business and learning hub and provide a wonderful new facility for the people of the Balonne Shire.
“This will be a wonderful resource for the whole Balonne Shire and Council is very proud to see this new complex about to begin taking shape.”
Mayor O’Toole said it was expected the new complex would be completed and ready for use by the end of the year.
“The aim of redeveloping the St George Library – adjacent to the Balonne Shire Council offices in Victoria Street – is to create a vibrant ‘hub’, integrating the library and cultural centre and offering a greater breadth of programs and activities.
“This will incorporate contemporary library services, a business and learning hub, the new Country Universities Centre and a cultural centre.
“The project will also create a vibrant precinct, improving both the functionality of the spaces and creating street appeal in the current central location in Victoria Street.”
Note: Demolition work was carried out by Burke Industries Pty Ltd from Toowoomba, St Hilliers Pty Ltd is responsible for construction of the new building, the building design is by Fulton Trotter Architects and Complete Urban Pty Ltd is superintending the project.