A MEETING in Mt Beauty has overwhelmingly rejected plans to shift the town’s library into the Visitor Information Centre.
More than 80 people turned out for the session at the Mt Beauty Community Centre last Wednesday – where Alpine Shire Council tabled its two options for the provision of future library services.
The first plan is for the library to be substantially renovated but remain in its current location in Lakeside Avenue.
The second is to enlarge and re-design the Visitor Information Centre on the Kiewa Valley Highway in Tawonga South so as to incorporate its services, the Kiewa Valley Historical Society Museum and the Mt Beauty Library and shire service centre under one roof.
Alpine Shire chief executive Dave Barry said that the reason for the planned co-location of these services was that information centres were becoming less used by the visiting public and would struggle to be viable on its own in the future.
“Services need to be given the best chances of survival in the future,” he said.
“Co-location is a trend throughout Victorian councils.
“The three facilities (VIC, shire service centre and library) will be staffed by council staff who are multi-skilled, and trained in all three services.”