Mount Beauty Library Renewal announcement

19 July, 2014

On Thursday the Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition Government, in conjunction with Alpine Shire Council, announced the Mount Beauty Library Renewal project.

Nationals Member for Benalla Bill Sykes and Member for Benambra Bill Tilley visited Mount Beauty to announce the funding on behalf of the Minister for Local Government, Tim Bull.

This exciting project is set to deliver an inspiring learning hub for the local community.

The existing library will be increased in size by making use of currently underutilised building space. The project will also see a reorientation of the internal functions and exterior modifications to enhance the synergy with the adjacent recreation reserve and the Mount Beauty pondage.

When it comes to finalising the plans for the project, Council will consult with the local community and library user groups to ensure that the redevelopment is in keeping with their needs and meets their expectations.

The Mounty Beauty Library Renewal is a $420,000 project. The State Government is providing $280,000 funding as part of the Living Libraries Infrastructure Program 2014, while Alpine Shire Council’s contribution to the project will be $140,000.

“When it comes to strengthening our communities and encouraging community participation, local libraries have an important role to play,” said Alpine Shire Mayor Peter Roper.

“In the past month $1.4 million worth of projects have been announced for Mt Beauty. Projects of this scale simply would not be possible without the financial assistance from the State Government and we are really grateful for their ongoing support of the Alpine Shire.”

“People need places where they can come together, relate to one another and access information. When it’s complete, this upgraded facility is going to be really well used by residents of all ages,” said Cr Roper.

This announcement is hot on the heels of the recent Mount Beauty Progressing Place announcement which will see $875,000 spent on upgrading the parkland next to the pondage in Mount Beauty, landscaping and restoring the lakeside foreshore and improving the barbecue and picnic area, playground and waterside viewing deck.

“There are already some great things happening in the Kiewa Valley that will be of huge benefit to both residents and visitors to the region, and this library upgrade is just another one,” said Cr Roper.

Council officers will now develop a timeline for the project and begin consultation with the community.


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