Construction work has commenced on Dimboola’s new library extension after council awarded the tender in April.
An extensive array of steel beams have risen from the ground of the new structure and is rapidly taking shape for the new facility at the rear of the old shire offices and existing library.
The new library and council customer service centre is being constructed at the rear of the existing library. The two buildings will be connected via a passageway that will also feature new public work stations.
In May the Minister for Local Government, Adem Somyurek turned the first sod on the $1.2 million redevelopment, which will see the facility upgraded to better serve the community’s needs.
He said the government is investing $600,000 towards the project through the Living Libraries Infrastructure Fund, with Hindmarsh Shire Council to deliver the project and match the government’s contribution.
Unfortunately Federal Government funding wasn’t forthcoming and the project scaled back, but designed in such a way to allow for further development.
The redevelopment will transform the current library into a multi-purpose facility with extra space for collections and a dedicated children’s area.
It is envisaged that the facility will become a creative, learning, community and business hub and once completed will support an increasing number of visitors with a diverse range of demographics and abilities.
A feature of the new library will be a rear deck and veranda and it is expected that community events like Australia Day will be able to be held in future at the rear of the building which will have a veranda and open space area.
A new toilet block will also be constructed at the rear of the building and the existing amenities will be demolished to create another open space courtyard area.