Warrnambool City Council push for funding for priority projects
This is a major game changer for the city.
Bruce Anson on a new learning centre/library for WarrnamboolWARRNAMBOOL City Council is getting on the front foot in the lead up to the state election, with a push for funding for its key priority projects.
The council has released a major projects and advocacy report, detailing initiatives it wants cash for, as well as other projects it supports.
The Simpson Street tunnel, safer boat launching facilities at the Warrnambool harbour, the city centre renewal, Reid Oval redevelopment, a new library, railway precinct parking and the airport are all explored in the document.
Chief executive officer Bruce Anson said the council was advocating for and supporting initiatives for the region as well as the city.
Major regional projects include upgrades to the Princes Highway West, the Warrnambool Base Hospital, a new south-west residential rehabilitation facility, a Great South Coast incident control centre and implementation of the Shipwreck Coast master plan. Mr Anson said a new learning centre/library was the top priority for the council.
The current library on Liebig Street has outgrown its premises, and according to the report it “no longer meets community needs”.
The estimated $20.25 million project would be in conjunction with South West TAFE.
It would have a floor space of 3700 square metres, and a capacity to hold more than 90,000 items.
Mr Anson said a new learning centre would have educational benefits, and increased visitation.
He referenced the $10.2 million Mount Gambier Library upgrade, which resulted in a 400 per cent visitation increase.
“This is a major game changer for the city,” Mr Anson said. “It is critical for our future development. Currently we get 112,000 people through the library. If we got the same number per capita as Mount Gambier, (with an upgraded library) I would conservatively view that we would get 500,000 people through the learning centre per year. The other advantage is that it would link very closely with TAFE. The aim there is to get more people into the TAFE precinct and TAFE’s job is to get a number of people into training. It fits very much with Beyond the Bell and our focus on learning and education attainment.”
He said it would become the most utilised facility in the city for all ages.
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