Residents of Corangamite Shire Council will soon be able to enjoy updated facilities at a number of their libraries following a revitalisation program as part of the Brumby Government’s Living Libraries Program.
The Minister for Local Government, Richard Wynne, announced today the Brumby Government’s $107,300 grant for the renovations.
“The Brumby Government’s $107,300 Living Libraries grant will help to update facilities and increase accessibility at Corangamite Libraries,” Mr Wynne said.
“Living Libraries funding is one of the ways the Brumby Government is ensuring that all Victorians have access to good quality library facilities and services.”
Mr Wynne said the Corangamite Libraries refurbishment was a partnership project between the Brumby Government and Corangamite Shire Council, which has committed over $50,000 to the program of works.
Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney welcomed the announcement.
“These renovations will update the libraries and provide greater accessibility as well as making the libraries more welcoming and relevant to their communities,” ¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬Ms Tierney said.
“Works will include the installation of new shelving, circulation desks, carpet and air-conditioning as well as repainting and the construction of accessible toilets”
“With more than 50 per cent of Victorians belonging to their local library, there is no doubt that they are important places where people come to learn and connect,” Ms Tierney said.
Mr Wynne said the refurbishment of the Corangamite Libraries was just one of 19 new library projects to benefit from the $4.62 million committed to the 2008 Living Libraries Program, extending the program to even more Victorian communities.
A total of 106 projects have now been funded through the Brumby Government’s commitment of $31.5 million to the Living Libraries Program.
“The Brumby Government’s Living Libraries Program is helping to fund the renewal of public library infrastructure throughout Victoria so that local libraries continue to grow and expand to meet the changing needs of local communities and changing times,” Mr Wynne said.
Today’s Living Libraries Program announcement follows the Brumby Government’s recent allocation of a record $38.2 million funding for Victorian Libraries in 2008/09.