Funding boost for Ballan library and community hub
Published on 27 January 2022
Council’s plans of creating a library and community hub in Ballan will become reality following a $5 million funding boost announced by the State Government today.
Minister for Local Government, Shaun Leane, and Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle visited Ballan today to announce Council will receive $3.5 million from the Growing Suburbs Fund and $1.5 million from the latest round of the Living Libraries Infrastructure Program to deliver the project.
Council will provide $2 million for the Ballan Library and Community Hub, and purchased the former Commonwealth Bank building at 127 Inglis Street as the site last year.
Moorabool Mayor Cr Tom Sullivan thanked the State Government for its support for a project which will provide a much-needed community asset in the heart of the growing town.
“Council has been advocating for a new library in Ballan for a number of years now, and it’s great that with today’s announcement we can advance this very exciting project,” Cr Sullivan said.
“We anticipate that the proposed site will include a library and incorporate a maternal and child health centre, community meeting spaces and exhibition and event spaces, all surrounding a central connected courtyard.
“The building will incorporate best practice environmental design principles, use of sustainable and robust materials and be a strong design that reflects both its civic function and the site context.
“We look forward to engaging further with the community as this exciting project progresses.”
Planning and design work for the new library and community hub will begin in coming months, and it is anticipated the new hub will open its doors to the community in 2023.