Council secures funding for Myrtleford Library upgrade

08 January 2018

The Myrtleford Library is set to receive a much needed upgrade next year thanks to a $467,400 funding boost from the State Government’s Living Libraries Infrastructure Program.

The State Government funding contribution is in addition to Alpine Shire Council’s commitment of $32,600 towards the project.

The library is used as a multi-service centre, delivering services for Alpine Shire Council and VicRoads. Important community service providers, located in larger regional locations also use the Myrtleford Library as a base for outreach services.

“Libraries are at the heart of rural communities like ours and these upgrades will enable us to provide extended learning programs, improved public spaces and better access to technology for our community, well into the future,” said Alpine Shire Council Mayor Ron Janas.

“The funding enables us to transform the old Myrtleford Shire building into a purposeful space that better fulfils its role as a library.”

Initial design concepts for the major upgrades include:
• Improved library entrance and children’s garden
• Scalable meeting rooms with teleconferencing facilities, consulting and quiet areas with new flexible meeting tables and ergonomic seating
• Newly landscaped garden areas with community seating and outdoor sheltered meeting places with improved connection to adjacent Cundy Park
• Designated children’s learning area with direct access to the children’s garden
• Gallery hanging space for community exhibitions and a community noticeboard
• A quiet zone for personal PC and iPad use
• Large upgraded kitchen and improved amenities with compliant all-abilities access

At this stage, construction is planned to commence in February 2019 with the aim of completing the works by July 2019.

Council is currently exploring options for a temporary relocation of library services whilst the upgrades are being implemented.

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