The new-look Tatura Library is ready to serve its community thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s Living Libraries Infrastructure Program.
Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp MP welcomed today’s opening of the $1.6 million upgrade and said the project will benefit the entire community.
The project received $750,000 from the 2018 round of the Living Libraries Infrastructure Program, which enables Victorian councils and regional library corporations to expand, redevelop and modernise libraries.
The refurbished library is twice the size of the old building, and includes a dedicated children’s section, IT space, room for meetings, an entry garden, and a maker room for crafts and activities.
The upgrade was delivered by Greater Shepparton City Council, which contributed $834,000 towards the work, alongside $20,000 from the Goulburn Valley Libraries Corporation.
Since 2015 the Victorian Government has invested more than $22.5 million dollars into Living Libraries projects, with a total cost of $170 million.
Recognising the incredible work of libraries throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Budget committed record levels of funding to Victorian libraries – $56.9 million, including $11.1 million towards an expanded Living Libraries program.
More information on the Living Libraries Infrastructure Program is available at: www.localgovernment.vic.gov.au/grants/living-libraries-infrastructure-program
Quotes attributable to Mark Gepp MP, Member for Northern Victoria
“It’s fantastic to see the State Government recognise the importance of Tatura Library to the community through the Living Libraries Infrastructure Program.”
“I’m delighted to see how the funding has helped create a modern, welcoming and accessible library for the community to enjoy.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane
“Libraries are about so much more than books. They remain a vibrant, inclusive and much-loved part of our society that can and do change lives.”
“It’s great to see the Living Libraries Infrastructure Program delivering a legacy of high-quality facilities for communities across Victoria.”