Local MP David Hodgett announced today a $120,000 Victorian Coalition Government Living Libraries Infrastructure Program grant for Mooroolbark library.

Mr Hodgett said the Victoria Coalition Government funding would be used to provide another entrance to the library and also a new outdoor space which will provide a direct link with the adjoining playground. The funding is part of the Victorian Coalition Government’s $17.2 million Living Libraries Infrastructure Program.

“This is fantastic news for the local community and will enable the library to cater for even more people, especially parents with young children, in a greatly improved environment,” Mr Hodgett said.

Mr Hodgett praised the Shire of Yarra Ranges for the role they have played in delivering important library services to the community and for their successful funding submission.

“This is an incredibly worthwhile project and I’m pleased the Victorian Coalition Government has been able to provide funding support to make it happen,” Mr Hodgett said.

Minister for Local Government Tim Bull said Mooroolbark Library was one of 18 projects benefiting from the 2014 Living Libraries grants totalling $4.8 million.

Mr Bull praised the role played by local MP David Hodgett in supporting the Yarra Ranges Council’s application.

“Over the past three years the $17.2 million Living Libraries Infrastructure Program has already provided $12.4 million towards 45 library projects across the state, with more projects funded in this latest round,” Mr Bull said.

“In addition, the Victorian Government will also provide a record $39.52 million to support library services during 2014-15, as part of the Public Libraries Funding Program, the highest amount of funding ever provided to our libraries.

“On top of this, $1 million will be provided this year through the Premiers’ Reading Challenge for libraries to buy books and materials to support this popular initiative.

“Local libraries are at the very heart of our communities and it is important state and local governments work with library services to provide efficient and high quality services that continue to grow and cater for the needs of all Victorians,” Mr Bull said.