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Tatura library redevelopment starts January

By Ilias Bakalla

The Tatura library will double in size and have better access as part of its $2 million expansion.

On Tuesday night, Greater Shepparton City Council awarded the contract for the expansion to Bendigo-based company BLR Provincial Construction Pty Ltd.

GV Libraries chief executive Kevin Preece said the six-month expansion was expected to start in mid-January.

He said the renovations included more public access to computers.

“There will be a new covered walkway and refurbished entrance, extending the entrance to Casey St,” Mr Preece said.

“It will have a dedicated meeting room with good audiovisual facilities, a dedicated children's area and a dedicated teens area.

“It's a great boost for Tatura and will bring it in line with the rest of the state.”

The council said access to the Community House and Tatura Children's Centre would still be available during construction. The library is sourcing alternative locations.

At the meeting councillor Kim O'Keeffe said she was pleased BLR Provincial Construction had promised to hire locally, ``utilising at least four subcontractors who are local to the Shepparton region''.

“They are also sourcing around 80 per cent of materials, plant and equipment from within the Greater Shepparton municipality."

The Kerferd St car park will still be available during the works.

The cost of the project will be shared by the council, Living Libraries Infrastructure Program and Goulburn Valley Regional Library Corporation.

 

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