Plans to redevelop the site of Kilmore Library, memorial hall and the surrounding area have been released for community input, with a community drop-in session on Thursday.
The plans were developed following discussions with community groups and organisations over many months to identify uses and future opportunities and needs.
A masterplan and concept plan summarise the community input, identify existing facilities and outline proposed future facilities including new buildings to replacing the existing Kilmore Customer and Library Service Centre and memorial hall.
The plan also provides greater connection with the town hall including all abilities access; a gateway building with a distinct physical presence and linking to the surrounding creek and Hudson Park area; a theatrette, co-working spaces and multi-sized meeting rooms including youth programs; the relocation of the Neighbourhood House to Kilmore Community Hub; and shared spaces for community groups including U3A, RSL and the toy library.
Feedback on the plans will be used to inform the development of detailed design plans.
The drop-in session will be from 2pm to 8pm on Thursday at the John Taylor Room, Kilmore Customer and Library Service Centre.
Mitchell Shire Mayor Bill Chisholm said the community loved and used the facilities regularly.
“We are very mindful of the need to reflect the heritage of the area in any changes,” he said.
“The proposals in the report identify the significant need for improved and enhanced facilities so we can offer a range of gathering spaces for the community to come together.
“The report acknowledges the need to respect the history of the area but also promote new communities, technology, sustainability, history, creativity, art, culture and innovation.
“We’ve had some positive feedback from the groups and organisations involved so far and now we want to know what the wider community thinks before we progress to the next stage.”
People can also find out more and provide input at www.engagingmitchellshire.com.