Burwood Council and Library officially open

Published on 24 August 2020

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A traditional smoking ceremony and 20 official guests marked the COVID-safe official opening of a transformational new project in the heart of Burwood on Saturday.

Plans for a large community celebration and open day to mark the official opening of the new $15 million Burwood Council and Library had to be shelved due to COVID-19, but Saturday’s event included community and business representatives, as well as the architects and builders who brought the project to reality.

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Burwood Mayor John Faker said the project, which blended the expanded library with a new Council customer service centre and the original council building, was a legacy for future generations.

“This transformational project is the realisation of a vision to create a space that reflects our rich history, our thriving present and our optimism for the future” he said.

“This building and the adjacent community hub, linked by a skybridge, fuses council’s day-to-day service with our library and all its wonderful new facilities, creating a physical and symbolic heart for our community.”

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Those facilities include multi-media studios, interactive digital lounges and learning labs where people can hone their creative skills, as well as a garden amphitheatre that can be a quiet reading room then transform into a movie theatre.

“It also allows a more sensible and flexible use of space, such as the Council meeting room, which will double as a conference room when not in use,” Cr Faker said.


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