The opening of the Wonthaggi Library (photo courtesy http://news.basscoast.vic.gov.au)
The heading of Nathan Johnston’s editorial (December 10) ‘Library a great result’ was spot on.
Saturday, December 14, 2013, I enjoyed the opening of Bass Coast Principal Library, a.k.a Wonthaggi Library.
I never saw the historic post office site, but I’m very impressed with West Gippsland Library service’s new site.
I enjoyed the smoking ceremony and welcome to country and that it was done in a way to not only embrace respect but built the understanding of those in the audience like myself of why these were important ceremonies after having read about the Bass Coast Children’s Centre’s learning stone in the Sentinel-Times on December 10.
It was good to hear DEECD Korrie engagement support officer John Murray talk about the opening, about learning stones and the three painted poles placed along the Murray Street windows. While it was hard to hear other speakers like Cr Neil Rankine, it was good to see so many children and I can see why library users needed a bigger space for story time.
Where I live, Trafalgar has set a goal and is talking to Baw Baw Shire about our community getting a library.
Unlike Wonthaggi, we have never had one but if Cr Cook and team agree to fund a library, the highly flexible space of Wonthaggi, the 70 inch smart TV and large meeting rooms will be highlighted as the wish list.
Wonthaggi will be the bench mark for future libraries in many communities.
David Lyons, Trafalgar.