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.

Concept

Initial concepts have been developed that show what the building could look like and how the spaces could be used.

Stage 2 - Engagement

Stage 2 of the Rosanna Library Redevelopment will involve broad and targeted engagement to inform the Library Redevelopment Concept Plan and Turnham Avenue Streetscape Concept Plan. Initial upgrades to the Turnham Avenue streetscape were delivered as part of the level crossing removal project. An updated streetscape concept plan has been developed to include other improvements outside the area of the proposed supermarket and library. It is proposed that most parts of the updated streetscape plans are delivered as part of this project.

In stage 2 we will:

  • continue to inform the community and key stakeholders about the project
  • engage a diversity of stakeholders to hear a range of views and ideas
  • support the community to provide feedback in range of ways so people feel heard
  • identify and understand potential concerns in relation to the library redevelopment

We recognise that the Rosanna Library Redevelopment project is a new way of delivering community infrastructure and that people want to know what they can and can't influence.

What can be influenced:What can't be influenced:
  • The mix of rooms at the library
  • Aspects of the design of those rooms
    (e.g. digital/tech space
    /children’s areas)
  • The functions included in the new library
    (e.g. a program space)
  • The look and feel (e.g. colours and materials)
  • Selected streetscape elements such as landscaping, wayfinding, car parking, signage.
  • The timelines
  • The use of the Library as a library
  • The use of the theatre as a theatre
  • Sale of land negotiations
  • Issues that form part of the new supermarket
    development
    will be addressed via the Woolworths
    planning application process
    however we will hear
    the feedback on these elements and provide this
    information to the parties involved in this process.
  • Building code and planning scheme requirements and
    endorsed Council standards for items such as Environmentally Sustainable Design, tree protection,
    Universal Access requirements.

Get involved

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.

Opportunities to have your say include:

10 May - 6 June 2021 (feedback is now closed)

Hard copy surveys will be available at key locations and online surveys will also be promoted on social media.

10 May onwards

Information stands at Rosanna Library and Fire Station Community House offering access to the project fact sheet, hard copy surveys (with reply paid envelope), short question postcards with a box for completed surveys/postcards.

Mid – late May Schools workshop

Rosanna Primary School and Rosanna Golf Links Primary are in walking distance to the library. This engagement opportunity will capture the feedback of children through a dedicated workshop with the Junior School Council.

16 May - 25 May 2021

Three community pop ups in key locations – Rosanna Village Shopping strip, Rosanna Train Station and Rosanna Parklands. These pop ups will include interactive engagement tools to make it easy for people to participate.

20 and 29 May 2021

We will host hold two community drop-in sessions, where you can book in advance and visit a series of information and feedback stations. Each station will have key staff and experts to answer questions and collect your feedback. Stations will include:

  • The process – questions and information about stages of the project
  • The partnership – questions and information about sale of land, heads of agreement and partnership with Woolworths
  • The Streetscape – questions, information and feedback on spaces outside the library (signage, car parking, crossings, trees etc.)
  • Library redevelopment – questions, information and feedback on the library

Our Approach

Throughout April 2021 we held 9 information sessions to ensure the community was informed about the project. During these sessions we answered your questions, explained who is involved, why it is happening and the anticipated benefits.

We also prepared a FAQ fact sheet, answered questions via phone and email and created this dedicated project page as a central point for information on the Rosanna Library Redevelopment.

We are now moving into the next stage, which is about building on what we heard from you in stage 1. To do this we will be providing many different ways for the community to have a say. We will use this information to inform Council and the the decision to progress to the next stage of the project.

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Other improvements

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.

Background

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.