Something I believe that is worth discussion on the CCS building is that I think the CCS in its current form is for a small group of people.
By Nikki Williams – Together We’ll Fix it candidate for CHCC
I don’t at all believe anyone is disputing the importance of a great library and updated cultural facilities.
The issue i see is the economic value, AKA bang for our buck. $81.5M bucks is a hell of a lot of money.
Personally I feel we could be getting a hell of a lot more for that kind of cash than when we currently are.
We need a new updated library for every reason stated but personally I think this is the wrong place. Supporters talk about families for story time , support services for NDIS and also pensioners yet their argument for no adequate parking is that 400m is reasonable to expect people to walk.
For these community groups I just don’t agree with that.
Keeping on the topic of the library I have heard one councillor especially talk about disadvantaged youth using this library, I just don’t see these guys feeling at home and comfortable in this building as proposed.
To me the library should have been stand alone.
Grafton got a brand new library 100% funded from the Federal Government.
Why could we not have had the same?
It could have been at Brelsford Park surrounded by trees and parklands for mums and pensioners to enjoy through the day but also part of the youth hub we have created with the skate park. I would go as far to say we could put head space in the building and call it a learning centre or something new instead of just a library.
The Museum should be at City Hill at the Bunker.
Let’s fix our issues. The Cartoon Gallery and the Museum both struggle, why not join them together?
It seems almost criminal to have the history of a war bunker without a museum around it? There is also plenty of space there to attach a tourist info centre and parking for our grey nomads. Driving traffic to the cartoon galley museum and the cafe. Three birds one stone.
Next we have the council offices. The staff I have spoken to don’t want hot desking and have voiced their concerns to executives with no avail on many occasions.
Castle Street is a gorgeous building and was made specifically to add 2 stories on, costing way less than what is proposed. I honestly see no argument here.
That leaves Gordon street and the Art Gallery.
I’m not going to lie I’m no artist and the Gallery is not somewhere I frequent.
That doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate it’s worth it just means I don’t feel I have a right to comment.
For Gordon Street though I’d like to see something like our old civic centre.
Not a $50M CHEV that our local dance and drama schools can’t afford to use. A simple community building with the council chamber ( not office’s) attached. A building for the people. A place where councillors have to come to use for meetings not us to them.
The way we are going we are going to end up with an over priced council office and library plus a replica of the glass house that is too big, yet too small and no one can afford to use, and $150M+ in debt.
The above is a social media release fly Nikki Williams of the Together We’ll Fix It Team 15 November 2021.
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