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Moonee Valley Libraries receive $1.2m budget funding boost

Cr Katrina Hodgson with her son Joe at Ascot Vale Library reading a story book together.

Moonee Valley City Council has prioritised investments in its libraries and lifelong learning programs across the city, with a funding boost on the way in this year’s budget.

Deputy Mayor of Moonee Valley, Councillor Katrina Hodgson visited Ascot Vale Library recently to reveal the $1.2 million dollar funding package as part of Council’s 2021-22 Annual Budget.

The investment includes a $780,000 Capital Works spend to improve infrastructure at Council’s five libraries across Moonee Valley – Ascot Vale Library, Avondale Heights Library & Learning Centre, Flemington Library, Niddrie Library and Sam Merrifield Library in Moonee Ponds.

Speaking at the Ascot Vale Library, Cr Hodgson explained that the infrastructure upgrades will include increased entrance accessibility, up-to-date digital technology fit outs and enhanced facilities across all five locations. This investment allows libraries to continue delivering a popular calendar of regular programs, provide access to collections and offer room hire across the municipality.

Complementing the significant infrastructure investment, an additional $450,000 is allocated towards the purchase of new library books for the community to enjoy. This funding ensures Moonee Valley Libraries can deliver an appropriate, updated, and relevant collection of library and reference books to their diverse library member community across the city.

Alongside Council’s 2021/22 budget allocations, Flemington Library will be redeveloped with the support of a $1 million dollar grant from the Victorian State Government, as part of Living Libraries Infrastructure Program.

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