Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, today officially opened, with Mayor Mark Reeves, the new Mallacoota Community Centre, which boasts a new library thanks to $150,000 in State funds.
Mallacoota’s first permanent library is just one drawcard of the new multipurpose Mallcoota Services Centre in the heart of the town, Minister for Local Government Tim Bull said today.
Opening the new centre with East Gippsland Mayor Cr Mark Reeves, Mr Bull said a visitor information hub, community meeting space, council-owned camp park office and restaurant joined the library under the one roof, offering easy access for people of all ages and abilities.
“I would like to congratulate the East Gippsland Shire Council, which has worked closely with its community to transform a local commercial building into this fantastic Mallacoota Services Centre,” Mr Bull said.
“The Victorian Coalition Government is a proud funding partner of this redevelopment, contributing $150,000 from our Living Libraries Infrastructure Program towards the brand new library.”
Mr Bull said in the past Mallacoota had limited access to library services, with the community relying on a fortnightly mobile service.
“Now in the heart of the community, the new library caters for the Mallacoota community five days a week providing access to a wide collection of books, along with computers and wireless internet and a host of programs to meet the needs of the whole community,” Mr Bull said.
Mr Bull said 63 library projects have been funded under the four-year $17.2 million Living Libraries Infrastructure Program, building new libraries and redeveloping and refurbishing many existing libraries. Of these projects, 43 have been located across regional Victoria.
“Local libraries are at the very heart of our communities and it is important state and local governments work together to provide efficient and high quality library services,” Mr Bull said.