Minister for Local Government Jeanette Powell today announced the Victorian Coalition Government has committed $350,000 from the Living Libraries Infrastructure Program towards the Yarram Library redevelopment.
“The revitalised Yarram Library is part of the larger $5.6 million Yarram and District Community Hub project which will give people the access they need to a wider range of services and community spaces in a lighter, brighter and more accessible facility,” Mrs Powell said.
“The Yarram Library is a lovely building, in a great location and is much-loved by the local community making it an ideal place for a multipurpose community hub.
“The new Yarram Library will have almost double the floorspace of the existing library, allowing for more seating and lounge areas where people can access the internet through wi-fi.
“The children’s space will include a toy library and children’s area to help future generations develop a love of reading and learning, as well as opportunities to bring families together to build a stronger sense of community.
“I’m sure people of all ages will enjoy the new library, and the new Yarram and District Community Hub,” Mrs Powell said.
Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan welcomed the announcement and said the library redevelopment brought the total amount of funding, provided by the Coalition Government, towards the much-anticipated Yarram and District Community Hub project to $2.35 million.
“The Coalition Government recently announced $1.1 million for the Yarram and District Community Hub as part of a $40 million state-wide investment in early childhood infrastructure, as well as a further $900,000 through the Local Government Infrastructure Program,” Mr Ryan said.
Mrs Powell said the Coalition Government was investing $17.2 million state-wide over the next four years through the Living Libraries Infrastructure Program.
“Victorian libraries are at the very heart of our communities. Almost 50 per cent of Victorians belong to a library, which is a good measure of how much the community values the broad range of today’s library services,” Mrs Powell said.
The Coalition Government aims to promote life-long learning opportunities in which libraries have a central role, providing a total of $36.8 million in annual funding to councils, regional library corporations and Vision Australia through the Public Libraries Funding Program.