The Maryborough Toy Library has a new home, with Council this week endorsing a decision that will see it relocated to the Tate Building in Nolan Street, Maryborough.
The decision follows a partnership between the Maryborough Toy Library Committee and Council staff to determine a new suitable site.
The Maryborough Toy Library has been located within the kindergarten yard of the Goldfields Family Centre since 1997, which has made access to the Toy Library limited and has prevented families from accessing its services on weekdays.
The new home at the Council owned Tate Building provides the Toy Library with a bigger space, better access and plenty of car-parking. It will also mean the Toy Library can offer extended opening hours.
Central Goldfields Shire Cr Wayne Sproull congratulated the Toy Library Committee and Council staff for working collaboratively to find a new, improved home for this much-loved community service.
“There is long and established research that shows the importance of play in every child’s development and so it’s important to us that our local Toy Library has a suitable location to continue to nurture our youngest residents for many years to come.”
Maryborough Toy Library President Kate Cain said the Committee was delighted to be offered the Tate Building as the new home for the Maryborough Toy Library.
“Having been in the community for over 30 years and offering over 800 toys for loan, we will be able to maximise the use of our huge range of toys in our new dedicated space offering flexible opening hours to our members.
“We will also welcome playgroups, family day care, kindergartens and parents groups to utilise our toys and space. We look forward to welcoming all children from the Shire and surrounds to become members and enjoy the new Maryborough Toy Library location.”
The Maryborough Toy Library has a range of 800 educational toys, games, puzzles and sporting equipment suitable for children aged up to 12 years which local families can loan.