Former library building will play a role in the September election

FUTURE FOR LIBRARY: The former Armidale War Memorial Library site is being vetted for new use.
FUTURE FOR LIBRARY: The former Armidale War Memorial Library site is being vetted for new use.

THE EMPTY former Armidale War Memorial Library building is being vetted for a new chapter.

Armidale Regional Council has received a number of expressions of interest from the community.

Administrator Dr Ian Tiley said the building will be used during the elections as a Returning Office and Counting Centre from June 29.

“This provides an ideal opportunity for election processes to be undertaken locally, in past elections counting has been completed in Sydney,” he said.

The central location of the library makes it an ideal location for storing voting materials, training polling place managers, voting on election day and counting ballot papers.

After the elections the building is expected to be repurposed.

“The old library building will provide some additional office accommodation for Council staff,” Dr Tiley said.

“The old Dumaresq Shire Offices building which has until recently been used as a library administration building, may be made available to the Armidale Historic Society.

“[It] is in need of improved office accommodation for their staff, volunteers and especially for the storage of historic records.”