Minister for Local Government Jeanette Powell has today announced that the Victorian Coalition Government will invest $1.2 million in a new $7.5 million library and community gathering space as part of the Dandenong Connect project.
"I'm delighted to announce that the Coalition Government is making such a substantial investment in a new library and community gathering place for this growing, vibrant part of multicultural Melbourne," Mrs Powell said.
"The new facility will deliver better library services for the local community including a greater range of books, references, CDs, DVDs and multimedia.
"There will be increased PC access, expanded technology training and additional literacy programs to provide life-long leaning opportunities for the local community.
"Libraries are important meeting places and this new facility will more than double the current floor space from 1,100 square metres to 2,293 square metres and will now provide meeting rooms, an additional community space, business facilities as well as catering for the activities of volunteers.
"Modern libraries offer something for virtually everyone no matter their age or background and this new library and community gathering space will quickly become a valuable asset for the Dandenong community.
"The extensive range of services public libraries now offer and the co-location of libraries with other facilities help explain why almost 50 per cent of Victorians are members of a public library," Mrs Powell said.
The Coalition Government is committed to the ongoing upgrade of Victoria's highly regarded, much loved and well used public library network through the $17.2 million Living Libraries Infrastructure Program.
The Greater Dandenong City Council will receive $750,000 through the Living Libraries Infrastructure Program and $500,000 from the Community Support Grants program towards the cost of the project.