Community Development section moves to Burdekin Library Ayr to create community hub

 

Work has begun to relocate the Burdekin Shire Council Community Development Section to a more community accessible location in the Burdekin Library Ayr.

Community Development Manager Tony Vaccaro said the section would relocate before the end of this year.

“Work has started on creating an office for our team within the Library,” he said.

“This is all part of Council’s strategy to create a community hub which will encompass the Burdekin Library, Burdekin Theatre, Music Loft and the Theatre Forecourt.

“The main focus of my team next year will be to create a central place where our community will want to go.

“We want people who come to the hub to feel connected, to have a sense of belonging, and to have a sense of safety.

“Community groups will be encouraged to use the facilities at the hub to build a sense of inclusiveness and diversity within the community.”

Chief Executive Officer Matthew Magin said the move was part of a larger review of council infrastructure and services.

“Council is reviewing existing infrastructure and services in an effort to find cost savings for our ratepayers,” he said.

“The vision is to have a vibrant community hub which will be used for community activities, programs, entertainment and events in the Burdekin.

“We have an ideal location, we just need to use it a little better and entice more of the community to use it for events.

“To do this, all the departments involved needed to be in closer quarters to allow greater public accessibility to our team and greater collaboration within our team.”

 

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