Dimboola Library transformation plan
A $1.2-million redevelopment transforming Dimboola Library into a community hub is officially underway.
Minister for Local Government Adem Somyurek and Hindmarsh Shire Council mayor Ron Ismay turned the first sod at the site last week. Construction is expected to commence mid-year.
The Labor Government, through the Living Libraries Infrastructure Fund, and Hindmarsh Shire Council have invested $600,000 each towards revamping the building.
Cr Ismay said redevelopments would create a multi-purpose community facility, with benefits extending beyond Dimboola.
“This is an exciting project, not just for Dimboola residents but for the entire shire,” he said.
“Modern libraries are becoming more than buildings that have books on shelves that you can borrow.
“They are becoming community hubs and places where residents can go to read the newspaper, catch up with friends, use the public internet or indeed, borrow a book”.
The library, part of a multi-stage project, includes extra space for collections, a dedicated children’s area and an outdoor space for community events to be staged.
Cr Ismay said the landscaped area behind the library would also provide a fantastic link between Dimboola’s business area and Nine Creeks Reserve – the start of the Wimmera River Discovery Trail.
Minister Somyurek said libraries, such as Dimboola, were a valued and thriving hub for townships in Victoria and crucial spaces for learning, enrichment and access to information.
He said the Labor Government was proud to help modernise the Dimboola building.
“In partnership with Hindmarsh Shire Council, we’re delivering a facility that meets the needs of their community,” he said.
The expected project completion March or April 2020. date is
FIRST DIG: Minster for Local Government Adem Somyurek and Hindmarsh Shire Council mayor Ron Ismay turn the first sod on Dimboola’s new library. The project is expected to be finished early next year. Picture: LOTTE REITER