Member for Keysborough Martin Pakula today announced a $750,000 grant for the new Springvale Library as part of the current round of the Andrews Labor Government’s Living Libraries Infrastructure Program.

The modern and environmentally sustainable facility will include a dedicated youth area with study and lounge spaces, and flexible meeting and program rooms.

The state-of-the-art building will have more than twice the floor space of the current library, extra rooms, a secure outdoor reading space and a technology lab.

The improved building is expected to increase library visits by up to 80 per cent, the equivalent of more than 270,000 visits each year.

The new Springvale library is part of a broader $32 million City of Greater Dandenong project transforming the former Town Hall site into a dynamic community hub. The library will be complemented by community meeting spaces, a council customer service centre, a café and outdoor recreation spaces.

The Living Libraries grant comes on top of $954,698 for the City of Greater Dandenong in 2016-17 from the $41.5 million Public Libraries Funding Program, which contributes towards programs such as storytime, language services and staff salaries.

The council was also allocated $20,015 in 2016-17 under the Premiers’ Reading Challenge Book Fund to help purchase materials to support the Premiers’ Reading Challenge.

Quotes attributable to Member for Keysborough Martin Pakula

This is a fantastic development for Springvale which deserves a more modern and accessible library for the growing community.

Libraries are a key part of every community – they bring people together and help us to connect and learn.

I’m proud that the Andrews Labor Government is investing in the new Springvale library which will be a community hub for years to come.

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