WARRNAMBOOL City Council and South West TAFE are ramping up efforts to build a new $10.25 million library.
The new library would see the two entities combine its respective libraries and the council is seeking state government support to fund the project.
The proposed funding structure includes $1.5 million from Warrnambool City Council, $500,000 from South West TAFE (with an asset contribution $1.5m), $3.5m from Regional Development Victoria, $4m from the Department of Education and Training, and $750,000 from the Living Libraries Program.
Mayor Kylie Gaston welcomed the partnership and said Warrnambool needed a library that met 21st century community expectations.
“It would be a fantastic community asset,” she said.
An advocacy document says an upgraded facility would boost education and training outcomes for the south-west, support growing industry and community needs, help shape the future prosperity of Warrnambool and create a more dynamic regional community.
The current council library was built in 1976 when Warrnambool had a population of 18,000.
The new proposed library would have a floor space up to 2500sqm, capacity to hold more than 60,000 items, meeting rooms and a greater emphasis on technology with more public access to computers, self-checkout technology and automated book return systems.
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