Geelong Region’s State and Federal Elected Representatives

The Geelong Library and Heritage Centre sits in the heart of Geelong’s Cultural Precinct, surrounded by the Geelong Gallery, Geelong Performing Arts Centre, Courthouse Arts and the historically significant and picturesque Johnstone Park.

Although the current Central Geelong Library serves the G21 Region and the Geelong Heritage Centre is Victoria’s largest regional archive, the building which houses them is too small, does not meet contemporary standards, is unsuitable for use and is critically under-equipped to cater for the needs of the Geelong regional community now and into the future.

The Geelong Library and Heritage Centre have formed part of the Victorian State Government and the City of Greater Geelong’s jointly-funded Geelong Future Cities Cultural Precinct Masterplan project, established to investigate potential cultural arts and commercial projects for the City.

The Masterplan, and the State funded and now completed business case has found that a new integrated Geelong Library and Heritage Centre is vital to the cultural, social and economic growth of the Geelong region.

The proposed new Library and Heritage Centre will replace the existing inefficient 50-year-old two storey library building with a new, larger modern facility boasting cutting edge technology and spaces to encourage interactive learning.

Key features will include:
* 200,000 collection items
* Exhibition and display spaces
* Children’s Exploration and Discovery zone
* Internet zones and 80 multipurpose PCs
* Special collections and research rooms
* Young people’s space
* Information and Technology Training spaces
* Reading/Community Lounges
* Individual and group learning spaces
* Reflection of Geelong’s region’s Indigenous heritage
* Interaction with park and open space
* Cafe and Retail

For further information please see attached information sheet or on-line at: www.geelonglibraries.vic.gov.au

We, the undersigned, strongly support the vision and plans to redevelop the Geelong Library and Heritage Centre as a regional centre for lifelong learning, knowledge and culture and commend the City of Greater Geelong for resolving to provide $20m towards the project at its Council meeting held 23rd March 2010.

We implore State and Federal Governments to each provide $15m to create a three-way funding partnership which is the only way this important project can be brought to fruition.

The Support State and Federal Funding for the Geelong Library and Heritage Centre petition to Geelong Region’s State and Federal Elected Representatives was written by Geelong Regional Libraries and is in the category Government at GoPetition.