Friends of Mill Place
The grand opening of the Cooroy Library occurred on 6 June 2010, a milestone event in the establishment of the Mill Place Precinct. For the first twelve months 133,405 people passed through its doors. Additionally 191,101 books were borrowed during the period.
The library sought volunteers from Cooroy and surrounding communities to assist with the preparations and provide information on the day of the opening. A resounding response was received from the community who were more than willing to be actively involved. The overwhelming enthusiasm and interest from the volunteers was the catalyst for the formation of the Friends of Mill Place which currently has in excess of 135 members.
The Friends of Mill Place are a voluntary group of community members interested in participating in the promotion and activities for the Mill Place Precinct in conjunction with the Library, Butter Factory Art Centre, Lower Mill Board, Cooroora Woodworkers and the Camphor Laurel Initiative Inc.
The friends are a dynamic group of people with varying interests and skills, wanting to commit their time and ideas to the limitless potential of the Mill Place Precinct. This includes involvement in the running of events, fundraising activities, assistance with children's events, home services and general advocacy for the site.
A steering committee has been developed to guide the direction and focus of the Friends of Mill Place. The steering committee will identify and drive the development of new initiatives to keep the friends actively involved in the use and promotion of Mill Place. The roles and responsibilities are:-
- Provide advice on Mill Place Precinct promotion and use.
- Identify innovative uses for the site that supports the use of the precinct as the heart of the community
- Undertake fundraising activities to support priorities for investment in the development of the precinct.
- Volunteer assistance and expertise for the events and activities.