“Thank you, Chair, and I rise to speak on item C and the Zillmere Library.

One of the first events I attended and was very lucky to celebrate the opening of the Bracken Ridge Library in November of 2019 with the Lord Mayor. It was a very welcomed and fantastic upgrade that the community has embraced.

So at that time I felt that residents in Zillmere and the surrounds could also benefit from upgrades to the Zillmere Library. So before the last election, in December 2019, I created an online petition to harness community support from the residents. In fact I requested it in my very first newsletter.

So, of course, libraries are well-loved community hubs and Zillmere Library is no different. Obviously it’s more than books that we now borrow from the library. So this maintenance and upgrade was very important. So I was delighted when the new refurbishment plan was announced.

2021-22 budget saw the design phase and we are now beginning this month, the structural works. The refurbishment will include a new entrance, a vibrant new children’s area, a dedicated young adult area, upgraded public toilets and amenities, improved seating for study and reading, upgrades to internal finishes, including new carpet, furniture and feature lighting and improved external landscaping. One of the unique and exciting changes to the external landscape will be the establishment of a bush tucker garden, which is something I’m very passionate about.

Community and cultural heritage advisers from the local area have been engaged in consultation for the design. This project has received financial assistance through the State Library of Queensland. Chair, I’m very excited that works are beginning this month and I know that all Councillors value our libraries and will join me in supporting this exciting upgrade.”

14 February 2023