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Funding Announcement for New Heyfield Library

Quality of service will no longer be affected by limited space and lack of amenities

By Wellington Shire - 31st January 2002 - Back to News

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Embargo – 12.30 pm, 30 January 2001

Wellington Shire Welcomes Funding Announcement for new Heyfield Library (for more information phone 5142 3321).

Wellington Shire Council Mayor, Keith Boyd has enthusiastically welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Local Government, The Hon Bob Cameron that Living Libraries funding is to be provided by the State Government for a new Heyfield Library.

"I am delighted with the Minister’s announcement" he said. "The Heyfield community makes valuable use of its library and has done so over many years. Each year over 13,000 visits are made, with loans of 19,000 items and 1,400 members."

He went on to say that the quality of service able to be provided by the present Heyfield Library has been affected by both the limited space and lack of amenities.

The State Government grant will be matched on a dollar-for-dollar basis by funding from Wellington Shire Council.

It is proposed that the new Heyfield Library will share a building with the planned Rural Transaction Centre (RTC). The Heyfield RTC Steering Committee has applied for funding from the Commonwealth Department of Transport & Regional Services to complement the Living Libraries grant from the State Government. The Steering Committee is awaiting new of the success or otherwise of that application.

Councillor Boyd said "This grant will enable the community of Heyfield and surrounding areas to have access to facilities and services equivalent to other branch libraries in Wellington Shire. A contemporary public library facility offers more than just shelves to store a range of books. Any community would expect a modern library to house a resource collection including audio-visual materials, computers with internet access, and other online databases and encyclopedias."

He concluded by saying "The Minister’s announcement is welcomed by both the Wellington Shire Council and the Heyfield community. We look forward to the improvement and expansion of library facilities in Heyfield."


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