New and improved local libraries are on the way for communities across Victoria, the State Government pledged today.
Local Government Minister, Melissa Horne announced 11 successful projects will receive a share of more than $4 million from the latest round of the Labor Government’s Living Libraries Infrastructure Program.
“Our public libraries make a real difference across the state, providing access to a reliable source of knowledge, creating opportunities for social connection and entertainment for local communities,” said Minister Horne.
“Investing in libraries helps build a lasting legacy by ensuring all Victorians no matter where they live can learn and stay connected.”
From Melbourne’s CBD through to rural and regional Victoria, the Government has pledged support for councils and regional libraries to deliver more programs, upgrade spaces, build new libraries and provide mobile library vans.
This year’s funding includes $1 million each towards the Munro Library and Community Hub at Queen Victoria Market, the Baw Baw Civic Precinct library in Warragul, as well as the expansion of Heathcote Library.
Funding from the latest round will also go towards a new community library precinct in Rupanyup, mobile library services in East Gippsland, Golden Plains, Hindmarsh and Yarra Plenty, equipment upgrades in the Southern Grampians, an ‘open library’ in Warrandyte, and the addition of new community rooms at Hoppers Crossing Library.
Victoria is home to 281 public libraries, with around two million registered members and attracting 30 million visits each year.