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WHAT WILL BE IN THE
Moorabool Shire is to have a new library in Bacchus Marsh. This
much is set in stone. But the variable in the equation is what
facilities and features the new Community Learning Centre will
contain. And for this Council has been keen to get the
A number of individuals and groups were consulted over a four-
week period using a range of methods including a community
sur vey, one-on-one inter views with stakeholders, a mail out to
community groups across the Shire, various media activity and
presentations to interested par ties.
The design and functionality of the new library facility has been of
high interest. In total 186 people responded to the community
sur vey and 45 stakeholders were inter viewed providing many
good ideas and thoughts to enable council to progress to detailed
designing; marking an exciting time for the Moorabool
The key messages derived from the consultation process are
• The new facility must be an icon and a landmark for the town.
It should make a statement and showcase Bacchus Marsh as
a contemporary, growing, vibrant community. It should create
a destination; a community hub, not just a library, that
heightens the activity and excitement of the CBD.
• Externally the building should be aesthetically pleasing, ar tistic
and welcoming in design. It should capture the history of the
town with attention given to combining an Australian
influence with local historic materials and colours that are in
tune with the surrounding environment.
• Internally the building should have lots of natural light which
is filtered by plenty of glass. The space should be open and
friendly in design. Innovative design solutions such as the use
of ar t, music and colour to show the 'modes' of spaces should
be incorporated to achieve a real multi use facility. To create
a sense of excitement and make the building 'alive', multi use
space should be located at entry points wherever possible.
• The facility must have the capacity to be flexible in its design
and provide opportunity for future expansion. The building
should be easily accessible for all.
• There should be more connection between ser vices.
Co-location of Maternal and Child Health ser vices should
be considered to provide an oppor tunity to engage with
• It is impor tant that the content of the library receives
attention as well as the building. The current stock needs
to be improved to enhance the ser vice and boost visitation.
Regular updates as this exciting development progresses will be
provided in future editions of Moorabool Matters and local
WALKING ON WORDS IN BALLAN
AND BACCHUS MARSH
Batman (Moorabool's CEO Rober t Dobrzynski) flexed his
muscles at a laughing Joker (General Manager of Community
Development Terr y Fraser) while Harr y Potter (Mayor Michael
Tudball) cast a spell over crowds of kids gathered on the streets
of Ballan and Bacchus Mar sh during National Literacy Week in
Multicultural arrows pointed the way as groups of school and pre-
school children walked a trail to a world of imagination.There was
stor y-telling, pantomime and interactive workshops. Teachers had
their faces painted with glitter while families with young children
stopped to play in a mobile sand pit.
Children purchased books with their 'Moorabool Money' and
watched juggler s dance balls in the air. Local businesses braved
the cold to join the Trail-maker s on the streets, some reading their
own favourite childhood stories, or handing out colouring sheets.
Politicians Catherine King MP and Geoff Howard MLA joined
with the Moorabool community to help inspire our young people
to read. Local Councillors even shared a kick to kick with football
legend (and Moorabool resident) Doug Hawkins.
This year's Literacy Trail was all about words -- and number s. They
were attended by over 20 schools, kindergar tens and childcare
centres (about 1200 children) and more than 40 local businesses
and community groups. Of cour se, member s of the general public
stopped in the street to share the fun -- but they were too
numerous to count!
And like the witch's cauldron bubbling away on the footpath,
Moor abool's Liter acy Week was once again a fun-filled
concoction of laughter, imagination and community spirit.
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