Following a unanimous decision at the Council Meeting of 11th of June, Council is excited to be seeking the community’s feedback on two potential future sites for the Niddrie Library and Community Hub.

Background

Located in the neighbourhood of Keilor Road/Essendon North, Niddrie Library is one of five libraries servicing the Moonee Valley community, and the only one located in the northern part of the municipality. Council’s other libraries are located in Flemington, Ascot Vale, Moonee Ponds and Avondale Heights.

Niddrie Library currently operates from a leased premise. It is well loved by the community, but its size and age mean that it is not able to keep up with the needs of our growing population.

The Niddrie Community Hub is located approximately 100 meters from the Niddrie Library, at 1-15 Matthews Avenue, Niddrie. It is a multi-functional facility that currently houses Council’s Valley Youth service, as well as two large multipurpose spaces. Part of the facility is leased to cohealth, who provide a range of health services to the community.

We’re planning to build a vibrant new Niddrie Library and Community Hub on Council land, which will offer space for library users, young people, health services and multi-purpose spaces. Establishing a new Niddrie Library and Community Hub has been a long-held strategic goal of Council, identified in Council’s long-term plan, MV2040 and Council’s Advocacy Strategy.

Now, we need your help to inform where it should be located!

Sites

Council undertook a range of background research, which was presented at the Council Meeting of 11 June 2024. We originally considered three possible sites for the Library and Community Hub in the Keilor Road activity centre. Based on the research, we decided to rule out the Ross Street Car Park (29-31 Ross Street) due to accessibility, the location of underground services, and operational considerations. Council is now seeking your feedback on two sites:

  1. 1-15 Matthews Avenue (Niddrie Community Hub)
  2. 1- 3 Hotham Road (Hotham Road Car Park)

The Council report is attached to the right. Note this report includes some planning future vision for the site which is hypothetical only. This consultation is to help inform the Niddrie Library and Community hub site, and does not encompass the hypothetical future vision in the concept report. Some information relating to costings and lease arrangements is not able to be shared as it is commercial in confidence.

Decision making process

This consultation will help to inform the selection of a preferred site for a future Niddrie Library and Community Hub. Additional information, such as Council strategies, guiding principles (such as MV2040), reports and research, will also inform this decision. All concept plans are subject to change based on the final decision making process.

What do you like about the proposed Matthews Avenue site?

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25 July, 2024

Carla says:

Design looks great but Hotham road car park would be better location for this due to its low use

25 July, 2024

Tara says:

Great location and will not remove existing car parks from the area

25 July, 2024

Maki Manolas says:

Closer to my residence and it was originally sited there. Also transport is not an issue with tram opposite

24 July, 2024

Grace says:

Ideal location for the library - community hub with good access and design

24 July, 2024

Resident says:

Location.

24 July, 2024

Helen says:

No overall loss of car spots in precinct which will sustain trading. Less impact on residents. Good access for public transport.

24 July, 2024

Robert says:

Has drop off area, close to public transport including accessible tram stop, public parking and additional parking in Ross St car park.

24 July, 2024

Sharon says:

It worked well when it was there years ago

24 July, 2024

Note@NiddrieLibrary says:

Prefer librrary facilities to be grouped together ei. Ground, L1, L2. Outlook is better on Matthews Ave.

23 July, 2024

Maree says:

Too dangerous to access, especially if mums with young kids/ babies have to cross the road to get to kids activities at library.

23 July, 2024

Erika says:

Unattractive accessibility for both pedestrians and drivers, current traffic conditions are already awful and may worsen with this proposal

22 July, 2024

Justin says:

Far too dangerous due to the main road and pre-existed traffic. It would make it harder to access and increase traffic flow

What do you like about the proposed Hotham Road site?

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25 July, 2024

Carla says:

Love the design and location, easily accessible and preserves the community hub

25 July, 2024

Lynne and Norm says:

I like that is only 3 stories, located near the tram stop in Keilor Rd and would have adequate parking.

25 July, 2024

Nino & Maria says:

We like this proposed site as you do not have to cross corner of Keilor rd & Matthews ave. Dangerous for the elderly and mothers children.

25 July, 2024

Ian says:

Large car park, closer to Niddrie shopping precinct and tram stops

24 July, 2024

Resident says:

Don’t like. Will take away car spaces

24 July, 2024

Mary says:

I don’t like this site as removing minimum of 54 car spots in already busy car park will be safety issue.

24 July, 2024

Sharon says:

Nothing we need the parking to access Keilor rd

24 July, 2024

Note@NiddrieLibrary says:

Hotham Rd. Yes. May stop cars going two ways and speeding. Would brighten up the area.

24 July, 2024

Note@NiddrieLibrary says:

Traffic always backed up on Matthews Ave. Much better location on Hotham.

24 July, 2024

Note@NiddrieLibrary says:

Not Matthews Rd site as won't get foot traffic. Hotham Rd site provision of car parking (like Holmes Rd) will be good to have playgroup etc.

24 July, 2024

Note@NiddrieLibrary says:

I like how big the carpark is going to be.

24 July, 2024

Note@NiddrieLibrary says:

Like it in a quiet spot behind shopping centre. Easy to aprk.