The City has
taken the precautionary measure of temporarily closing the Geelong West Library
and the City’s Geelong West Customer Service Centre.
has today confirmed a contained, moderate growth of mould next to a window in
the western end of the library.
Street building was not opened today, following an assessment by Environmental
contaminated area, on the carpet and below the carpet, is believed to have been
impacted by recent stormwater flooding.
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.
specialist testing will be performed before the building is re-opened to the
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
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.
about the potential health impacts of exposure to mould, visit www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au
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.
meantime, all other libraries and customer service centres remain open.
Library Corporation Acting CEO Cathy Ferencz
Regional Library Corporation is working with the City of Greater Geelong to
ensure a thorough response to this issue.
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.