The new Sunshine Library and Learning Centre was officially opened today, providing Brimbank residents with a world class educational and community facility.

Member for Western Metropolitan Region Cesar Melhem opened the facility  – the result of a strong partnership between State and Local Governments.

The Victorian Government provided $1.25 million for the project, including $750,000 from the Living Libraries Infrastructure Program.

The program funds new, redeveloped and refurbished libraries across the state and was extended for a further four years by the Andrews Labor Government this year.

The project also received $500,000 from the Community Support Grants Program.

The redeveloped library includes a spacious reading room, a children’s area, quiet study areas and booths, gaming areas and a Wi-Fi lounge.

In addition to the Living Libraries Infrastructure Program, the Labor Government is investing a record amount on recurrent library funding and is continuing the Premiers’ Reading Challenge Book Fund, which provides reading materials to libraries across Victoria for use in the Premiers’ Reading Challenge.

Public libraries remain an integral part of Victorian communities, with more than a million items borrowed every year.

Quotes attributable to Acting Minister for Local Government Richard Wynne

“We are proud to partner with councils for worthwhile community projects such as the Sunshine Library redevelopment.”

“As well as being a fabulous resource for residents, projects like this provide important flow-on effects for the local economy.”

Quote attributable to Member for Western Metropolitan Region Cesar Melhem

“This is a fantastic example of the great partnership between state and local government, putting the community first and achieving a great outcome.”

“This facility is a brilliant addition to our community and I congratulate everyone involved for making this happen.”