Expanding Frankton could soon get library

GRANT BRYANT
Last updated 05:00 14/03/2014

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A think-tank on the future of Queenstown Lakes District libraries has revealed another could spring up in Frankton in the next five years.

A council-initiated library taskforce, which was part of a large-scale strategic review of all council services, yesterday revealed its recommendations, which could shape the face and function of libraries in the area well into the future.

Key among the recommendations was that Frankton could receive a library. It would "meet growth and population movement and look to include related facilities such as a learning centre and cafe", the report says.

Frankton Community Association chairman Scott Freeman said the the possibility of a new library underlined Frankton's status as the biggest expansion area in Queenstown. "With the new high school and other schools due to be open in Frankton in five years, building a library here makes sense," he said.

"With Remarkables Park expanding and the Five Mile Mall being built it shows that Frankton is the biggest growth area, because we don't have the geographical constraints of Central Queenstown, and a new library would service the area well in the future."

A new library was a joint recommendation from the library taskforce, consultants hired by the council and from information gathered at community forums.

Other joint recommendations included opening Queenstown and Wanaka libraries at 9am, and some evening hours.

Consultants' recommendations included integrating the council's customer services tasks with library tasks "where possible/appropriate".

 

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