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Works Begin on New Library Hub for Northern Bellarine Peninsula

Construction has begun on the Drysdale Library and Community Hub, a new facility for the fast-growing towns on the northern Bellarine Peninsula.

Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville represented Local Government Minister Shaun Leane today to officially break ground on the project.

The $9.15 million project received $1 million from the 2020 round of the Andrews State Government’s Living Libraries Infrastructure Program (LLIP). The Greater Geelong City Council has contributed $8.15 million towards the works and will deliver the project.

The redeveloped Drysdale Library and Community Hub will give locals a new library building with a children’s area, youth space, computer area, meeting pods and a multi-purpose creative space. It will also have direct access to the town centre. 

It is no secret that Victorians love their libraries, with over 2 million library members borrowing more than nine million items every year. Libraries support lifelong learning, provide free access to technology support and offer something for people of all ages, ranging from toddler storytime and school holiday activities to author talks and computer classes for adults.

Libraries have also stepped up during the COVID-19 pandemic to support the community by moving many of their programs online, offering book delivery services and even checking in on their members by phone.

The Living Libraries Infrastructure Program helps Victorian councils and regional library corporations to continue to evolve and provide new or renewed library facilities for their communities. This program supports the role of libraries in keeping people connected and communities strong.

Since 2015, the Victorian Government has invested more than $32.5 million into 95 Living Libraries projects, creating a total investment of $236.8 million for new libraries, upgrades to existing facilities and library vans.

For more information on the LLIP, visit: https://www.localgovernment.vic.gov.au/public-libraries/public-library-programs/living-libraries-infrastructure-program

Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane:

“Libraries continue to evolve and support their communities in so many different ways – and I’m pleased that the people of Drysdale and surrounding towns will soon have a new library and community space to meet their needs now and into the future.”

“Whether it’s borrowing books, meeting people or to simply use a computer, Victorians love their libraries. It’s great to see the Living Libraries Infrastructure Program delivering a legacy of high-quality facilities for communities across the state.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Bellarine, Lisa Neville:

“I’m really pleased that we are supporting the people of Drysdale and the northern Bellarine Peninsula with this contribution to their  local library.”

“Funding from the Living Libraries Infrastructure Program will help create a welcoming and accessible space for locals – not just a library but also a community space for people of all ages to enjoy.”