Cheeseman’s petition pushes to fund library

December 5, 2021 BY

A concept image of the three-storey Armstrong Creek Town Centre Library and Community Hub. Photo: BUCHAN

SOUTH Barwon Labor MP Darren Cheeseman is lobbying his own government as well as the federal government to help fund the proposed library in Armstrong Creek.

Mr Cheeseman launched a petition for the funding about a week after the City of Greater Geelong unveiled a concept design for the $18.48 million facility.

Designed by architecture firm Buchan, the three-storey Armstrong Creek Town Centre Library and Community Hub will be built in the Armstrong Creek Town Centre and is expected to be completed by early 2024.

Mr Cheeseman’s petition states the Armstrong Creek growth corridor, including Mount Duneed, Armstrong Creek and Charlemont, is regional Australia’s fastest growing community and deserved the same services available to established communities.

“It is important that all levels of government in partnership fund important community infrastructure, such as roads, sporting clubrooms and kinders. A public library would be a worthwhile addition to the social and community infrastructure of Armstrong Creek.

“We therefore call on all levels of government to make a worthwhile contribution to this important local infrastructure project and make sure that the Armstrong Creek Library becomes a reality.

“Many local governments across Australia have reimagined the services that can be provided by a public library, including free internet, learning spaces, creative studios and playrooms for kids.

“This new facility would be well-used by everyone in the Geelong community, even outside the Armstrong Creek area.”

Mr Cheeseman said he had written to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane to support the City of Greater Geelong’s application for funding through the Victorian Government’s Living Libraries Infrastructure Fund.

“Libraries have always been a way for vulnerable residents to access information and services that they would otherwise not be able to.

“I am excited that a library is on the cards for Armstrong Creek and its new and growing communities.

“I am advocating for the Victorian and Australian Governments to join with the Geelong council and contribute to the funding of this important piece of community infrastructure.

“If you support the proposed library, please sign this petition.”

The 2,500 sqm library will feature a collection of 40,000 books and resources, flexible and easily accessible spaces for children’s learning, youth programs and dedicated multi-purpose meeting spaces on level one, with creative spaces and bookable co-working amenities on level two.

The ground floor will serve as the civic interface with direct access to the external terraces and the town centre.

To view the concept plan and video flythrough, head to the City of Greater Geelong’s website.

To read or sign Mr Cheeseman’s petition, head to his website.