The confirmation in Tuesdays State Budget that Cabonne will receive $5 million for a new library, community hall and learning centre is a far cry from the original proposal to relocate the Molong Library from the Railway station to a refurbished ex meeting room next to the current Community Hall in Bank Street.
The government has lived up to its election promise, originally fostered by former MLC Ric Colless who retired at the last election. Ric will be proud.
Cabonne Council can now get on with preparing an architectural brief which will describe the new building’s components which can now include a modern library, community meeting rooms and a contemporary multi purpose community hall able to be used for anything from weddings, dances, conferences and entertainment attractions – not to mention a new home for the venerable Molong Players’ popular annual show.
Planning will no doubt proceed by reference to other similar facilities recently completed. Community consultation will ensue.
All that is needed now is to select a designer who can give the project some architectural flair.
We need Australia’s next Harry Seidler.
Molong is justly proud of its Bank St precinct with its sprinkling of lovely heritage buildings.
The opportunity should now be taken by this generation to add its own piece of future heritage. Just any old building will not do.