Dim­boola Li­brary trans­for­ma­tion plan

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

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

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