December 17, 2015

NEVILLE ANNOUNCES BOOST FOR NEW LEOPOLD LIBRARY

The new Leopold Library will receive $750,000 in funding from the Andrews Labor Government as part of the $4.3 million Living Libraries Infrastructure Program.

Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville said the funding would go to a new 800sqm library, located within the Leopold Community Hub.

With Stage 1 of the Community Hub recently completed, the Leopold Library will form part of the Stage 2 upgrade, alongside a new youth and civic open space.

Ms Neville said with the Leopold community currently serviced by a mobile library only four hours per week, the new facilities would significantly improve library services for local residents.

The Living Libraries Infrastructure Program provides up to $750,000 towards a new or renovated library building or mobile library and is one of a number of ways the Labor Government is supporting libraries and communities across the state.

Other initiatives include the record $40.5 million investment in the Public Libraries Funding Program and the $1.1 million Premiers’ Reading Challenge Book Fund for libraries to purchase materials to support the delivery of the Premiers’ Reading Challenge.

Quotes attributable to Member for Bellarine, Lisa Neville:

“Libraries are places to learn, relax and connect, as well as bringing communities together. This funding from the Andrews Labor Government help give Leopold residents the modern library facilities they deserve.”

“Previously only serviced by a mobile library service four hours every week, the new Leopold Library will drastically improve access for many local residents.”

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Email: lisa.neville@parliament.vic.gov.au