Official openings mark $1.3 mln investment in Mount Beauty library and children's centre

9 May 2017

Mayor Ron Janas officially opens the redeveloped Mount Beauty Library

Alpine Shire Council Mayor Ron Janas has officially opened two facilities in Mount Beauty that had undergone a combined $1.3 million-worth of redevelopment.

Alpine Shire Council had secured some State-Government funding to assist in the redevelopment of the Mount Beauty Library and the Lake View Children’s Centre in Mount Beauty, significantly improving these two facilities that provide valuable educational services to the community.

The Mayor said investing in early childhood and libraries by creating inspirational learning spaces helped to continually strengthen our communities.

The investment in the Mount Beauty Library, which re-opened in January, totaled $513,000 (of which $280,000 was funded by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning; $140,000 from the Alpine Shire Council, and some funding from an insurance claim following storm damage to the library last year).

The redevelopment included a larger reading space, an outdoor area, an upgraded façade and refurbished interior.
Meanwhile, the official opening of the Lake View Children’s Centre was timed to coincide with its first anniversary.

The redevelopment totaled $783,000, of which $399,000 was contributed by the Shire, and $350,000 from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. Other contributions made by Alpine Children’s Services, Lake View Children’s Family and Friends Group, and the Mount Beauty Playgroup rounded out the investment.

The redevelopment increased the total number of available childcare and kindergarten places at the centre from 54 to 67, created a covered outdoor play space for children under three, and improved staff amenities, parent areas as well as storage facilities.

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