Cobram’s library, which is currently located at the Cobram Secondary College, will form part of a new community facility and learning centre located in Cobram’s CBD, to be built with the support of $750,000 from the Victorian Coalition Government.
Deputy Premier and Minster for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan joined Member for Murray Valley Tim McCurdy in Cobram today to announce that $250,000, from the Coalition Government’s $1 billion Regional Growth Fund, would be allocated towards the $1.2 million Cobram Community and Learning Centre.
Mr Ryan said today’s Regional Growth Fund announcement followed a $500,000 Coalition Government contribution towards the project from the Living Libraries fund, which was announced by Minister for Local Government Jeanette Powell in June.
“This important community project is a result of extensive consultation with Cobram residents,” Mr Ryan said.
“The finished product will provide youth and early years spaces for learning, quiet study areas and modern and accessible technologies throughout the learning centre for the use of the whole community.
“The new centre will play a critical role in the development of early childhood literacy and will further engage children with their learning.”
Mr McCurdy welcomed the funding boost and said that locating the facility in the Cobram CBD would increase accessibility to the library.
“The current Cobram Library was part of the Cobram Secondary College which limited its opening hours to the public,” Mr McCurdy said.
“Locating the facility within the Cobram CBD will mean longer opening hours and greater community access.
“It will also increase the amount of foot traffic in the Cobram CBD which will create flow on benefits to local businesses.
“It will also boost employment in the region with local tradespeople to be involved in the construction of the centre.”
Mr Ryan thanked the Moira Shire Council for its $460,000 contribution towards the project, which was in addition the $750,000 committed by the Coalition Government.
“This terrific community project is another example of the Coalition Government, through the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund driving infrastructure and jobs growth across regional and rural Victoria,” Mr Ryan said.
“Since it was established in early 2011, the Regional Growth Fund has provided more than $340 million to support almost 1,200 projects across regional and rural Victoria, leveraging around $1.5 billion in total investment.
“In Moira Shire, the Regional Growth Fund has provided $3.6 million to more than 20 projects, leveraging almost $8 million of total investment.”
Mr Ryan said Regional Growth Fund projects in the Moira Shire have included:
- Numurkah Seniors Community Hub: $1 million ($1,300,000 total project);
- Yarrawonga Showgrounds Community Development: $278,000 ($388,259 total project);
- St James Public Hall Refurbishment:$270,000 ($503,272 total project); and
- Katamatite Sports Centre and Community Hub: $250,000 ($1,646,000 total project).
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