THE new Bass Coast Principal Library was officially unveiled in front of a huge crowd on Saturday morning.
Bass MP Ken Smith had the honour of declaring the new building in Murray Street open for borrowing.
Speaking on behalf of Minister for Local Government Jeanette Powell, Mr Smith congratulated the Bass Coast Shire Council and West Gippsland Regional Library Corporation on its new asset that would serve the community well into the future.
“The Bass Coast Principal Library realises the local vision for education, lifelong learning and in fostering creativity and innovation across the wider community,” Mr Smith said.
“The new Bass Coast Principal Library is five times the size of the old Wonthaggi Library and has double the number of computers and a host of other technological resources.
“It will be a community hub offering three fully accessible multipurpose spaces provide people of all ages and abilities with special programs and resources for youth, children and families.”
The new library includes a dedicated space for the youth, and a Learning Stones area, where both indigenous and non-indigenous community members can engage with each other and develop a deeper cultural awareness.
“In its new shop front location right in the heart of the town and its extended hours, the new Bass Coast Principal Library is also expected to attract scores of new clientele and will fully meet this community’s needs,” Mr Smith said.
Minister Powell said the Victorian Government was pleased to contribute $300,000 from the Living Libraries Infrastructure Program towards the Bass Coast Principal Library project.
“During the past three years, government has invested $12.4 million in 45 library projects through three rounds of Living Library Infrastructure Program funding,” Mrs Powell said.
Mr Smith said Victorians are passionate about libraries, which are at the very heart of our communities.
“With such a broad range of activities and services on offer, especially when they’re part of a great complex like the Bass Coast Principal Library, government’s investment in libraries is money well spent,” he said.
A highlight of the event was a special guest appearance by Play School presenter and Aria winning author Justine Clarke.
Hundreds of youngsters filled the library to catch a glimpse of the popular author with many getting the opportunity to meet her after the performance.
For more information on opening hours or becoming a library member, visit www.wgrlc.vic.gov.au