The community of Bannockburn will now enjoy the benefits of a new library and a redeveloped and expanded cultural centre after an investment of $5.1 million in the new facilities by the Victorian Government, Federal Government and the Golden Plains Shire Council.
"The development of the new $2.5 million Bannockburn Library will provide the local community with access to the extensive range of services modern libraries offer including wireless internet, information pods, video consoles and self checkout RFID technology," Mrs Powell said.
"The new Bannockburn Library's 539 square metre floor space will include meeting rooms, a welcoming reception/information area and be complimented by an outdoor reading garden.
"Libraries are at the heart of many communities and this new facility is another valuable addition to Victoria's much-loved and well-used public library network.
Minister Powell also welcomed the development of the new library next to the new Bannockburn Cultural Centre as a wise use of public funds.
"The transformation of the old Bannockburn Public Hall into a multipurpose community centre gives people a modern community space that complements and enhances the services the new library will provide," Mrs Powell said.
"More people are discovering that Golden Plains is a great place to live and the growing population will make excellent use of the new facilities.
"The Bannockburn Cultural Centre and Bannockburn Library provide the critical spaces and infrastructure to help the community grow in a sustainable and supported way, while maintaining the period charm of Bannockburn's main street," Mrs Powell said.
Member for Polwarth and Minister for Transport Terry Mulder welcomed the opening of the new facilities in Bannockburn.
"The Cultural Centre includes a 200 seat multipurpose space where young people might like to express themselves through performing arts and social gatherings," Mr Mulder said.
Mrs Powell said the Victorian Coalition Government is pleased to partner with Golden Plains Shire Council and the Federal Government on the Bannockburn Cultural Centre and Library project.
"When people have places like the Bannockburn Library and the Bannockburn Cultural Centre in which to gather, we know that it helps their communities become stronger, more inclusive and better places to live," Mrs Powell said.
The Victorian Government provided the Golden Plains Shire Council with $400,000 for the Bannockburn Library from the Living Libraries Program.
The Victorian Government also provided $300,000 from the Community Support Fund Program and $250,000 from the Small Town Development Fund Program for the Bannockburn Cultural Centre.