Member for Keysborough Martin Pakula today announced a $750,000 grant towards revamping the Dingley Village library and neighbourhood house precinct redevelopment.

The funding is part of the Andrew’s Labor Government’s $4.5 million Living Libraries Infrastructure Program (LLIP) grant to help local libraries flourish.

The $3.25 million project will renovate and remodel the library, with outdoor spaces to be altered for better connection to the hall, meeting spaces, and the neighbourhood house.

Funding will also be used to help improve access to the facility and connect the library with other services in the building, with the first stage of works aimed at reconfiguring the library into age appropriate spaces.

Meeting and study rooms will also be built to allow for training, while a reading room has been designed to allow for access to the nearby kiosk, the community gardens and the main hall.

The 2017 LLIP will enable 13 councils across Melbourne and regional Victoria to improve their facilities and services.

The Labor Government is improving Victoria’s libraries and has invested $18 million over four years.

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Quotes attributable to Member for Keysborough Martin Pakula

“This is fantastic news for our community. The upgrades to the Dingley Village library will ensure it is a community hub for years to come.”

“We’re proud to be investing in our local libraries because they bring people together and help us to connect and learn.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Marlene Kairouz

“Libraries are at the heart of our local communities – that’s why we’re investing in them right across Victoria.”

“This funding will ensure the library continues to be a hub for learning, play and relaxation – for kids, adults and everyone in the community.”

Quotes attributable to the Mayor of the City Of Kingston Cr Steve Staikos

“Council will now work with the community groups who regularly use the library and Harold Box Hall to complete detailed designs for these works, which will be displayed for public feedback later this year prior to final adoption by Council.”

“We are excited to be getting on with this fabulous project and thrilled to have received the generous support of the State Government.”

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