Shake-up of community services at Engadine

The popular Toy Library at Engadine may be relocated as part of a shake-up of community services in the area.

Sutherland Shire Council is looking at moving the service from the rear of Engadine Library in Caldarra Avenue to Engadine Community Centre, adjoining the town square.

Engadine District Youth Service might then move from rented premises in Station Street to the present Toy Library space.

Volunteers who operate the Toy Library expressed concerns their proposed new premises might not be large enough and many toys would have to be stored off site.

A council spokeswoman said the council very much valued the services provided by the Toy Library and was proud to have been able to assist with its establishment and continued success. 

“Council has supported the Toy Library through a subsidy to Engadine Community Services (ECS) each year,” she said.

“Following a review of our grants and subsidies program, we are also undertaking a review of our community facilities and as part of this review we are investigating possible relocation options for the Toy Library with ECS.

“Council is working with the new manager for Essential Community Solutions to explore the option of offering the toy library services from Engadine Community Centre instead of the rear of Engadine library. 

“It is hoped that the toy library services would be accessible to a wider audience of children, parents and carers from this new location at the Centre.”

The spokeswoman said the council also supported the Engadine District Youth Service that offered support to school aged youth from Engadine and surrounds. 

“Their service, offered from rented premises in Station Street, operates for a few hours each afternoon during the week,” she said.

“Their service would benefit from being located in a council owned facility in the Engadine town centre area and we are assisting EDYS with this.

“With both these community endeavours, the Toy Library and the youth support centre, council’s emphasis is in serving the community through valued partners such as ECS and EDYS and the volunteers that underpin these organisations.”