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Council considers future of the former library buildings

Council considers future of the former library buildings

Armidale Regional Council is considering the future of the Faulkner Street buildings that housed the former Armidale Regional Council War Memorial Library and Library Administration building.  

Council has received expressions of interest from the community for occupancy of the buildings.  

“They will initially be used as a Returning Office and Counting Centre from 29 June to 29 September 2017 for the Armidale Regional Council Elections on 9 September 2017,” said Administrator Dr Ian Tiley.  

“This provides an ideal opportunity for election processes to be undertaken locally, whereas in past elections, counting has been completed in Sydney.”  

Given the Library’s central location, proximity to Council Offices, and suitability in meeting the Electoral Commission requirements, it provides an ideal location for the secure storage of voting materials, training of polling place managers, pre-polling voting, voting on election day and the counting of ballot papers.  

“Following the Council Elections, it is proposed to repurpose the buildings,” Dr Tiley said.

“The old library building will provide some additional office accommodation for Council staff - currently located across a number of city buildings and in the very overcrowded Council Administration building.”  

“The old Dumaresq Shire Offices building, which has until recently been used as a library administration building, may be made available to the Armidale Historic Society which is in need of improved office accommodation for their staff, volunteers and especially for the storage of historic records,” said Dr Tiley.

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