Sunday, June 23, 2024

Blacktown council writes new chapter for Marsden Park readers

Blacktown City Council has celebrated the opening of the Marsden Park Temporary Library, which is set to offer easy access to 1,500 books in response to overwhelming community demand for Council’s Mobile Library.

Mayor, Brad Bunting (pictured above, centre) said he was pleased Council was working hard to address the challenge of providing services for a booming area like Marsden Park.

“I am proud that Council is doing what it can to help people in Marsden Park overcome infrastructure challenges,” he said.

“We need more assistance from the NSW government to fund the building of community infrastructure, although there have been positive signs over the past 12 months.”

Marsden Park has the second highest population growth rate in NSW (Estimated Resident Population, Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2023) and this has prompted a need for more services, the Council said in a statement.

“Council is unable to fund a larger, permanent library due to 2012 legislation that has restricted councils from spending developer levy funds on community infrastructure,” it said.

“Council will monitor the use of the Marsden Park Temporary Library and make improvements where needed.”

The library is at the corner of Northbourne and Elara Boulevard and opens Wednesdays (10am to 6pm) and Saturdays (9.30am to 12pm).

For more information, see Libraries.blacktown.nsw.gov.au.

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