About the project

Through a partnership with Woolworths, we are delivering a new Rosanna library, double the size of the existing library with a much needed expansion to the children’s area as well as co-working and study spaces, community meeting rooms, reading areas, quiet spaces and much more. The new library is proposed to be a two storey, 1,300sqm building that incorporates indoor and outdoor spaces in the heart of Rosanna.

The existing Rosanna Library was built in the early 1970’s and has been a much loved place for local learning and connection. Over time, the area has changed and grown, as has the way people access and use libraries. Council has been aware that to meet current and future needs the existing library would need significant upgrades. This partnership provides an opportunity to deliver a new and improved library much sooner than anticipated.

In May/June 2021 you will have the opportunity to provide feedback on the concept designs for this project.

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Responses to key questions about this project.

Changes in Rosanna & Woolworths Partnership

In recent years, major projects like the level crossing removal and new Rosanna Station and Council's Lower Plenty Rd & Beetham Pde streetscape upgrades have changed the look and feel of the area and greatly improved transport options. Like most major projects, these works have been disruptive but have also set the scene for further activation of the shopping village and surrounding area.

Woolworths development
In 2016, Woolworths, who own the land next door to the library at 44 Turnham Ave, applied for and were granted a planning permit for a new supermarket. Construction of the supermarket has yet to start.

Woolworths partnership
In late 2019, Woolworths approached Council with the opportunity to partner and deliver a new Rosanna library much sooner than previously planned. In December 2020 Council agreed to enter into a partnership with Woolworths to deliver the new library. The partnership involves:

  • Proposed sale of a portion of Council owned land (828sqm) to Woolworths
  • Woolworths building the new library next to the supermarket
  • Council retaining full ownership of the library.

Concept Designs

Initial concepts have been developed that show what the building could look like. During May/June 2021 you will have the opportunity to learn more about the potential design and provide feedback.

Engagement opportunities

There will be a range of ways for you to provide input into this project. The project involves both open opportunities for feedback on the concept designs for the library and streetcape as well as formal submission processes.

Formal Processes

Public notices will be required as part of future planning approvals. This gives the local community an opportunity to view plans and other relevant documents, and to provide written comment either in support of a proposal or to object.

Turnham Ave Streetscape

Upgrades to the Turnham Avenue streetscape were delivered as part of the level crossing removal project with new bus stops, shared user path and pedestrian crossings. An updated streetscape concept plan has been developed to include new trees and paving and pedestrian crossing improvements outside the area of the proposed supermarket and library. We will be seeking feedback on the concept in May/June 2021. It is proposed that most parts of the updated streetscape plans are delivered as part of this project.

Heidelberg Theatre

As part broader improvements to the area, upgrades are also planned for The Heidelberg Theatre. The theatre is occupied by the Heidelberg Theatre Company (HTC) a non-professional company that was established in 1952 and has occupied the theatre in Rosanna since 1982 under a lease arrangement with Council. The Theatre plays an important role in strengthening our local community and arts and culture in Banyule.