Last chance to comment about former library

Colac Otway Shire Council wants the community to suggest future uses for Colac’s former library annexe and submissions close today.

The community has until 5pm today to make suggestions and help Colac Otway Shire Council decide the future of Colac’s former library annexe.

The council is asking the community for ideas of what the space on Gellibrand Street, next to Colac Otway Performing Arts and Cultural Centre, could become.

Council officers had previously suggested converting the area into council meeting space to reduce the cost of hiring rooms at COPACC.

But the Herald received a passionate response on its Facebook page from residents who wanted it returned to the community.

More than 40 people commented on the Herald’s post about the former former building, which reached more than 15,000 people, with strong support of it becoming Colac Historical Society’s new home, a second tourist information centre to service train and bus travellers, a café, backpacker accommodation or space for young people.

But Colac Otway Shire Council has clarified the space available is only the former annexe which is only 15 metres long by six metres wide, and not the entire library building, which will limit its possibilities.

Deputy mayor Cr Stephen Hart said he thought the annexe had great potential for the community and he hoped its future use reflected what it was historically, as a library, a community-use building.

For the full story see today’s Colac Herald.

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