Construction begins – $7.5 Million Rosewood Library, Ipswich


The State Government has announced the commencement of construction for the new $7.5 million library for Rosewood.

Designed by Architectus, the new modern two-story building with feature design heritage façade and awning will be located on the corner of Railway Street and John Street, Rosewood.

Stirling Hinchliffe, Local Government Minister turned the first sod on the project and outlined that the State Government has contributed $2.7 million towards the project through its Local Government Grants and Subsidies program.

“This is an important new facility for the people of Rosewood and I am sure they will really value this beautifully designed library”. “The Ipswich council has spent considerable time and effort to come up with a building that fits in so well with the street scape and character on John Street”.

“In particular, I think the full-length awning and heritage style façade will blend in well and complement the street scape”. “Like all modern libraries it will feature children’s space, a maker space, meeting rooms and technology which will future proof the service for many years to come.” Mr Hinchliffe said.

Project Details
– Heritage style building
– Main entrance facing John Street, Rosewood
– Character to match streetscape of John Street
– Off-street parking spaces, loading bay and pick-up/drop-off zone
– Vehicle access from to car parking area from Railway Street

Ground floor
– Large reading area
– Children’s space
– Customer service area
– Maker space and market place area

First floor
– Meeting and study rooms
– Balcony/function area
– Reading and restroom

Jim Madden, Member for Ipswich West outlined how the library is an asset to a community.

“I can see the Library and Council Service Centre becoming the cultural and social centre for Rosewood and surrounding Districts”. “I am sure Rosewood residents will make full use of this new facility. Imaginative projects like this are what our country towns needs to keep them vibrant and welcoming”.

“I would like to that the Ipswich City Council, particularly the Council’s Interim Administrator Greg Chemello, for bring the project to fruition.” Mr Madden said.

Greg Chemello, Interim Administrator for Ipswich City Council outlined the importance of the library service for the residents of Rosewood.

“I would like to thank the State Government for the generous contribution to the construction of this important service”. “A new library service, customer service centre and community meeting hub will be an invaluable addition to the quality of life for Rosewood residents and a welcome addition to the cultural landscape of Rosewood”.

“Great outcomes like this just goes to show what can be achieved when two levels of government work cooperatively together”. “The library will employ five librarians ongoing, providing a considerable boost to the local economy”. Mr Chemello said.

Time Frame
– Construction starts April 2019
– Open in 2020.

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Media Article – 31 May 2019


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