Minister for Local Government Jeanette Powell today announced $400,000 in funding for the new Warrandyte Library from the Living Libraries Infrastructure Program.
“The Victorian Coalition Government is committed to the ongoing upgrade of Victoria’s highly regarded, much loved and well used public library network through the $17.2 million Living Libraries Infrastructure Program,” Mrs Powell said.
Member for Warrandyte and Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith warmly welcomed the Coalition Government’s contribution to the new Warrandyte Library.
“The current shop front library no longer meets the needs of this growing, vibrant community and the new facility will be a great asset for the local community,” Mr Smith said.
“The new library will cover 330 square metres of dedicated space and provide wi-fi, PC access, programs for children’s story time and a study space for students.
“Libraries now attract people of all ages and all backgrounds and I’m sure the services to be provided at the new library will place it at the heart of our community.
“The new Warrandyte Library will be incorporated into the Warrandyte Community Centre which is being refurbished as part of the project.
“Today’s $400,000 is in addition to the $250,000 in Coalition Government funding provided through the Victorian Community Support Grants and another $57,500 as part of the Public Safety Infrastructure Fund.
“The new Warrandyte Library is part of the growing trend of public libraries being integrated into larger community facilities in a sensible co-location of public investment.
“The Coalition Government’s $707,500 commitment to the total project is taxpayer’s money well spent,” Mr Smith said.
Minister Powell said she looked forward to joining Minister Smith in visiting the new library when it opened.
“Today’s announcement is part of the Coalition Government’s $17.2 million commitment to improving our libraries to meet the needs of our growing communities,” Mrs Powell said.