Minister for Local Government Marlene Kairouz visited Ivanhoe Library on 14 December 2017 to announce Living Libraries Infrastructure Program (LLIP) grant. $750,000 has been awarded toward the development of the Ivanhoe Library Cultural Hub. The $23.8 million Ivanhoe Library and Cultural Hub redevelopment will deliver a new library and ensure the site is fully accessible for people of all abilities.
Minister for Local Government Marlene Kairouz said, “The new Ivanhoe library will be a hub for learning, play and relaxation – for kids, adults and everyone in the community.”
On 19 December State Member for Mill Park Lily D’Ambrosio announced that Mill Park Library was successful in its application for a grant of $559,493 for its refurbishment. Additionally, City of Whittlesea is funding $376,000 totaling $935,493 for the Library.
The Mill Park Library funding will better enable it to better incorporate Chancez Cafe (a partnership project with Araluen in which the library hosts a fully operational training café to allow intellectually disabled adults the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in work skills) into the design, improve the children’s area, update quiet study spaces and meeting rooms, and undertake general refurbishments such as improved lighting and air-conditioning.
The newly-announced funding will enable Yarra Plenty Regional Library to continue to evolve and meet the changing needs of its local community.