Whitlam Library reopens 16 July

Published Friday, 6th July 2018

WHITLAM LIBRARY REOPENS 16 JULY

Cabramatta’s Whitlam Library will reopen on 16 July following Council’s $1.8 million investment to replace the 44-year-old air-conditioning system.

Fairfield City Mayor Frank Carbone said the new air-conditioning will ensure a more comfortable experience for library users.

“The new air-conditioning is more energy efficient, saves on running costs and impacts less on the environment,” Mayor Carbone said.

“It’s important for Council to invest in our libraries. These works will ensure Whitlam Library remains one of the best libraries in South West Sydney and a great place for residents to use.”

Whitlam Library was opened in 1974 by then Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, and is a heritage listed building.

“Library patrons will notice that the original air conditioning ducts on the ceiling that form the striking design of blue and orange rows remain. The ducts are a centrepiece of the library’s charm and heritage design,” Mayor Carbone said.

“The old system treated the building as one zone, whereas the new state of the art system treats the space as different zones, much like modern ducted air conditioning in homes.

“This means areas are heated or cooled according to the particular needs of each space.

“The scale of the works meant the library had to be closed for a few weeks and we thank library users for their patience and use of our pop-up temporary library in Arthur Street.

“We are pleased to improve the amenity for our residents when using the Whitlam Library in the coming years, particularly during the heat of summer.”

Council will invest about $6.5 million this financial year in upgrading and maintaining community buildings.