On Valentines Day this year a group of Norwood residents showed their love for the local branch of the library following a decision by Council at its 5 February meeting to remove funding previously allocated for the branch’s upgrade from its long term financial plan. Upgrading of all three of the Council’s library branches was promised during the amalgamation of three separate Councils into the current configuration in 1997.
To date the Payneham and St Peters branches have both undergone upgrades but the Norwood branch hasn’t seen any significant development for several decades. Now Council has not only removed the funding that could bring about this upgrade but have at least hinted that the branch could close in the future with this sentence included in the staff report presented to Council.
Based on the feedback received, which questioned the need for three (3) libraries, the funding allocation for the relocation of the Norwood library has been removed from the LTFP.
Approximately 50 residents converged on the library to prove that locals love having a library branch in their community and all are keen to ensure the branch stays open and receives the upgrades we deserve.