Despite hopes that the building, which was the town’s library until 2013, would be turned into a restaurant, a dance studio or apartments, the truth is a little more restrained.
It is simply undergoing some maintenance.
A spokeswoman from Port Stephens Council, who own the building, said the old library is undergoing planned maintenance and a facade upgrade.
“It will be temporarily utilised by the AEC [Australian Electoral Commission] as the Returning Officer’s office and the election office for the upcoming elections,” the spokeswoman said.
“This will include pre-polling.
“There will also be a pre-polling place in the Bay, location to be confirmed.”