Submissions open on proposed Ashburton Library and Civic Centre

14/03/2019 5:00 p.m.

The features of one of Ashburton District's biggest projects - the proposed new Ashburton Library, are going out for community feedback, and residents are being asked to help decide what kind of library they will need for the next 50 years.

Ashburton District Council adopted the consultation document for the Ashburton Library and Civic Centre project at its meeting today (Thursday 14 March), and will begin seeking feedback from tomorrow (15 March) until 14 April.

"This is a major investment in the future of our district," Ashburton District Mayor, Donna Favel says."The Library and Civic Centre will need to meet the needs of generations to come, so it is crucial that we get this right. I encourage everyone to take a look at the options and tell us which one they think is the right fit for our district.

"Whether you agree or disagree with the Council's preferred option in the document, please let us know. Your feedback is important," she adds.

NOTE: Image is an artist impression and the actual build may vary

Four options for the proposed library are included in the consultation, after the Council discovered that its original estimates to build the joint Ashburton Library and Civic Centre were insufficient. A bigger budget is needed to construct the joint facility, and the four proposed library options all have a different price tag for the project.

Costs of construction have risen significantly since the original $22 million budget was estimated, earthquake building standards have increased, and the available information at the time did not adequately account for the space that will be needed in the building.

The consultation document includes features that would be available in each library option, their size and how the options would be paid for.

Residents will be asked to select which option they think the district needs. They will be able to choose between the Council's preferred option (a $45 million project that would meet the district's needs), a larger library (estimated at $53 million), a smaller library ($41 million), or a facility that would be constructed in two different buildings (the Civic Centre in Baring Square East and the current Library refurbished on Havelock Street, estimated to be a $39 million project).

The Council will be holding two community meetings and two drop-in sessions where people will be able to talk to Councillors and staff about the consultation. The details of these meetings and drop-in sessions are:

Pick up a copy of the Ashburton Library and Civic Centre consultation document from 15 March from the Council building (5 Baring Square West, Ashburton) or download a copy online from​.

Submissions can be made in person, over the phone (03 307 7700), email​, online or by using the submission form at the end of the consultation document.

Consultation will be open until 5pm on Sunday 14 April, 2019.
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