Supporting arts, culture and literacy across Moorabool. Creativity, art, culture and an active appreciation of heritage thrive in our region, which is why we active advocate for better facilties and funding to support them.
The Ballan Library is does not meet current community needs, both from an infrastructure and service provision perspective, this will continue to grow as the community does. The building does not current meet accessibility standards. The community of Ballan are actively seeking investment in a new or redeveloped library to meet social, literacy and technology needs.
TOTAL PROJECT COST $3M
PROPOSED FUNDING SOURCES
State Government $1.0M
Commonwealth Government $1.0M
Key reasons for this project:
- Council is unable to offer a full public library service at the current site, this is because of space constraints.
- The small space of the Ballan Library means that Council must off library events and programs in the public hall, which incurs further financial costs to Council.
- Public libraries are neighbourhood and community hubs that welcome all community members and enable people to meet and exchange ideas and information.
- Currently the Ballan Library has 840 adult members, 38 teenage members, 92 members under 12 years old.
- Recommended floorspace for the current Ballan population is 217sqm. With the Ballan population forecast set to double by 2041, the minimum floorspace required to provide a quality library service to an expanded population will increase to 414 sqm. The current floorspace of Ballan Library is 51.5sqm.
- Over the past two years, visits to the Ballan Library have increased by 25%, with an increase of 60% to Rhyme Time sessions and an average of 25 families wishing to attend each pre‐school Storytime session.
- An average of 25 attendees at each Rhyme Time session and approximately 40 families wishing to attend each pre‐school Storytime session. Ballan Library is unable to continue to meet this need.