Chilwell Library receives 150K grant toward upgrade

Tuesday, 22 March 2022

Newtown’s Chilwell Library has received a $150,000 funding boost towards its planned upgrade.

The grant comes after an application was made by the City of Greater Geelong to the Victorian Government’s 2021-22 Living Libraries Infrastructure Program.

Council had already allocated funding in the 2020-2021 and 21-22 budget for design and construction.

DE Atelier Architects have been engaged by the City to work with the Geelong Regional Library Corporation, Friends of Chilwell Library group and community stakeholders in the redesign of the library for the benefit of the local community.

Detailed design will be undertaken from March to June with construction to commence in September.

The redevelopment is focused on making sure Chilwell Library remains an intimate and community-focused facility while improving integration with the park and delivering valuable new community meeting spaces and toilet facilities.

The redevelopment complements the City’s planned investments in new libraries in Armstrong Creek, Drysdale and Lara.

It is supported by the City’s Social Infrastructure Plan 2020 and the Geelong Regional Library Infrastructure Development Plan 2019.

Deputy Mayor Trent Sullivan

Council is proud to financially support the upgrade of the Chilwell Library and thanked the Victorian Government for their contribution.

We know this upgrade is important for the Newtown community.

The Chilwell Library is a much-loved community asset that has served its community since 1958.

The upgrade will provide spaces that will more than double the library’s capacity, enabling opportunities for more diverse programs for all age groups.

Councillor Ron Nelson, chair of the Geelong Regional Library Corporation

The investment highlights Council’s commitment to providing access to high standard libraries across the region.

Libraries are an integral part of our communities; they help encourage a lifelong love of reading and learning, support people to develop new skills, develop digital literacy, access support and information, and meet peopled.

We thank the Victorian Government for their contribution to this worthy project.

Christine Couzens, Member for Geelong

I know how much the Chilwell library is valued by the local community as a place to meet and to learn.

The State Government is proud to support this upgrade to provide a modern library facility the community deserve.
Information about the design principles and the preliminary concept plans can be found on the Geelong Australia website
The announcement follows a $1.5 million grant for the Armstrong Creek Library from the same fund, announced in January.

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