The development of a new library facility in Dunolly has moved a step closer this week.
The tender for the refurbishment of the former Police Station building – located in the Dunolly Courthouse precinct on Broadway – has been awarded to FNG Group Pty Ltd
with works expected to start shortly.
The project has been made possible thanks to $140,000 in funding from the State Government – Living Libraries Grant which was announced in December last year.
Central Goldfields Shire Council Chief Administrator Noel Harvey said it was an exciting project for the Dunolly community following many years of campaigning.
“Currently the Maryborough Regional Library offers a visiting library service to Dunolly through its Outreach Van. The new static facility will mean we can offer a larger collection of resources, services and activities as well as an increase in opening hours making it more accessible to the community.
“With its location in the heart of Dunolly, it will be wonderful to see this heritage building continue to be used by the local community and we thank the Dunolly History Group for their input into the project to date.”
The redevelopment project involves the restumping of the existing building and the construction of an accessible toilet, ramp, new shelving, fresh paint and new carpet.
Once complete the Dunolly Library will be home to a larger collection of resources as well as a public access computer, free WIFI and additional children’s programming.
The facility is expected to be open by September 2020.
To complement the project and ensure accessibility to the new facility Council has extended the footpath network.
The project, funded as part of Council’s 2019/2020 Budget, provides pedestrian access from Broadway, along Bull Street to the new Library facility.