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26 August, 2021

Locals enjoy opening of new library

THE new Mareeba Library opened its door last Monday, August 16 with over 50 people rushing in to enjoy the new facilities in just three hours after opening.

By Rhys Thomas

Mareeba Shire Council Mayor Angela Toppin with the staff at the site of the new Mareeba Library.

THE new Mareeba Library opened its door last Monday, August 16 with over 50 people rushing in to enjoy the new facilities in just three hours after opening.

A coffee station, meeting room, and expanded computer access is just a small amount of the new improvements made including a stunning mural covering an entire wall of the library. 

Located at the Cedric Davies Community Hub on Anzac Avenue the new library also sports a much-needed upgrade to its parking now with an expansive parking lot available for use. 

Library Supervisor Andrea Crooks said that while the old library was iconic it was much too small to be effectively used by staff and the public. 

“The best thing about the new library is more space but there are also more services we can offer now,” she said. 

“We have included programs to be run again which we had to stop at the old library, we had no room.” 

The staff themselves now have their own office areas within the new library, quite the upgrade from their donga at the old library. 

Mareeba Shire Council Mayor Angela Toppin is encouraging all community members to visit and enjoy the new library. 

“It is my hope that all people feel welcome to come and experience the Cedric Davies Community Hub for themselves, and to share in the benefits of this facility, particularly our new library,” she said. 

“This project is the culmination of the efforts and contributions of many including the library staff, Council, the Mareeba Bowls Club, the late Laurie Tracona and local artist Tom Cosic.

“The design of the library has been completed in such a way to offer a fully accessible, welcoming, modern service that will continue to contribute to improving the wellbeing of our community.” 

The official opening ceremony for the Cedric Davies Community Hub will be held on this Friday August 27 followed by a library showcase. 

The showcase will involve hourly library tours, face painting, sausage sizzle, barefoot bowls and kids’ entertainment.

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