Library may be based at school

GRANT BRYANT
Last updated 11:54 02/04/2014

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Moves to test whether a proposed new library in Frankton could be run in conjunction with Wakatipu High School when it moves to Remarkables Park in 2018 have begun.

Findings of the Queenstown Lakes District Council's strategic review of district-wide library services resulted in a raft of short, medium and long-term recommendations for library management, and point towards riding the ever-breaking wave of technological advances to keep libraries relevant and user friendly.

Key amongst the initial long-term recommendations was that Frankton could receive a library which would "meet growth and population movement and look to include related facilities such as a learning centre and cafe," at least five years into the future.

However, during recent public forums at Queenstown's and Wanaka's libraries the idea of combining a Frankton library with Wakatipu High School was raised.

At last Thursday's full council meeting that idea received immediate traction, with a recommendation adopted to open dialogue with all parties needed, should the idea become a reality.

Mayor Vanessa van Uden said although the idea was not yet in the council's daft copy of the Annual Plan - moves could start to be made to investigate the possibility and feasibility of a library servicing both Wakatipu High School pupils and the public.

"We will start conversations with the Ministry of Education and Wakatipu High School Board re co-location at the Wakatipu High School site in Remarkables Park."

The high school's board of trustees chairman Alistair Nicholson said the board's first meeting with the Ministry of Education in regards to the building on the new site only happened on Monday. This was the start of a huge, ongoing project where the board would be covering new terrain and learning as it went, so it was too early to make any plans.

"Philosophically the board is open to these proposals because they help us engage with our community, but at this time any specific proposal has to be considered in the wider context that we have a huge project to get into action first," Mr Nicholson said.

 

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