Geelong West Library building temporarily closed

Thursday, 5 September 2019

The City has taken the precautionary measure of temporarily closing the Geelong West Library and the City’s Geelong West Customer Service Centre.

Independent testing has today confirmed a contained, moderate growth of mould next to a window in the western end of the library.

The Pakington Street building was not opened today, following an assessment by Environmental Health Solutions.

The contaminated area, on the carpet and below the carpet, is believed to have been impacted by recent stormwater flooding.

The assessment found no other areas of the library have been affected.

The building is closed to allow for remediation works to be carried out, including the removal and replacement of the affected carpet.

Further specialist testing will be performed before the building is re-opened to the public.

The City expects that the building will be closed for up to four weeks.

In the interim, the community can attend one of the City’s six other Customer Service Centres, such as 100 Brougham Street, Geelong or 163 High Street, Belmont.

Visit www.geelongaustralia.com.au/contact for a full list of locations or to submit an enquiry.

Hirers of Geelong West Town Hall and Virginia Todd Hall can pick up the keys at the Brougham Street Customer Service Centre.

All other libraries within the region remain open – details are available at www.grlc.vic.gov.au/locate

Library patrons can visit www.grlc.vic.gov.au/news, social media channels or call 4201 0500 for up-to-date information about how library services will be impacted.

For information about the potential health impacts of exposure to mould, visit www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au

Greater Geelong Director Economy, Investment and Attraction Brett Luxford

The City took immediate action as soon as we became aware of the issue.
We had no hesitation in closing the building because the community’s health and safety is our number one priority.
We are liaising with specialist staff to determine what clean-up works are required and how long the building will need to be closed for.
In the meantime, all other libraries and customer service centres remain open.

Geelong Regional Library Corporation Acting CEO Cathy Ferencz

Geelong Regional Library Corporation is working with the City of Greater Geelong to ensure a thorough response to this issue.
We are committed to doing everything we can to reduce the impact of the library closure on the community and look forward to welcoming our customers back to the branch soon.





Page last updated: Friday, 6 September 2019

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