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Ask RiotACT: What’s happening at Dickson Library?

By kholburn 24 June 2018 18

Dickson Library

Suddenly in the middle of winter, that warm refuge in Dickson has been shut down indefinitely. 

All they are saying is that urgent building work is needed. For weeks now, no indication of what needs fixing or how long it’s going to take. I hardly ever see anyone actually doing any work in there.

But alas, they finally put this notice up in the window…

Dickson library notice

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kholburn 2:21 pm 30 Jun 18

@”Aladin Dotcon Al-Husseini”

I’m embarrassed for our society that we have homeless people and so many.

kholburn 2:17 pm 30 Jun 18

They have a new sign up. The library is partly re-opening soon.

https://imgur.com/LAeoHCB.jpg

kholburn 2:53 pm 25 Jun 18

If it was asbestos, wouldn’t they cover the books?

Adrian Sandrey 9:44 am 25 Jun 18

What about the pie shop??!!! Its been closed too

Veronika Sain 11:13 pm 24 Jun 18

There’s a huge difference between loose asbestos and the hard sheeting used for walls in old buildings and houses. They should be able to remove and replace easily - if they want to - just as home owners doing renovations do.

Aladin Dotcon Al-Husseini 10:16 pm 24 Jun 18

The bums will have to hang out in maccas

Anna Borg 9:27 pm 24 Jun 18

My understanding is that it is asbestos work and that it should not be closed for too long. It is internal work being done so cannot see the work from outside. Hope it opens soon. It is a great resource for the area.

Robert McMahon 7:13 pm 24 Jun 18

That’s sad. It’s a great little library and plays an important role in that community.

Jenni Zimoch 6:58 pm 24 Jun 18

I heard Asbestos, asked at another library , they haven't been told anything other than building works.

    Robert McMahon 7:14 pm 24 Jun 18

    Asbestos is only a problem if it’s disturbed—so many buildings have it. I hope they’re not over reacting.

    Andrea Kerr 8:56 pm 24 Jun 18

    Robert McMahon however we also hope they take adequate precautions so nobody becomes ill. Better to be over cautious than under.

    Jenni Zimoch 9:47 pm 24 Jun 18

    Possibly building works did disturb asbestos in the beginning.

Kim Williams 6:34 pm 24 Jun 18

I read something in the paper late last month – it was shut as there was a possibility of asbestos and they needed to do some work. At the time they said it would be shut for around 4 weeks. I’ve walked past several times and there doesn’t appear to be a lot of work happening. Does anyone know when it is going to re-open?

Michael Groenhout 6:16 pm 24 Jun 18

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/national/act/dickson-library-closed-for-asbestos-probe-replacement-of-walls-20180525-p4zheh.html

Matthew Sheppard 6:09 pm 24 Jun 18

I heard (very indirectly so it may not be true) that they found asbestos somewhere in there and will only be reopening once it’s dealt with.

Not sure what that means in practice though, since as far as I understand it if it was normal asbestos sheeting it wouldn’t cause much danger if undisturbed.

    JC 4:07 pm 25 Jun 18

    What I read elsewhere is there was some water damage and some sheeting needs to be replaced. Hence it needs to be disturbed to fix/replace.

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