NEW LIBRARY AND COMMUNITY HUB FOR DONNYBROOK

Donnybrook locals will enjoy a new community centre thanks to support from the Andrews Labor Government.

Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green today announced on behalf of Local Government Minister Shaun Leane funding for the Patterson Drive Community Centre from the Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund and the Living Libraries Infrastructure Program.

Whittlesea City Council will receive $2 million from the Growing Suburbs Fund to help construct the first community centre in Donnybrook. The centre will include three kindergarten rooms, maternal and child health consultation suites, community kitchen and community hall.

The project will also receive $709,500 from the latest round of the Living Libraries Infrastructure Program to include a lounge and multipurpose activity spaces providing a library service and a range of community programs.

The Growing Suburbs Fund helps Melbourne’s rapidly developing interface and peri-urban councils deliver high-quality facilities for their communities and has invested more than $39.9 million to help make 41 projects possible across Whittlesea.

Since 2015 the Victorian Government has invested more than $42.6 million into 109 Living Libraries projects, allowing a total investment of $297.2 million for new libraries, upgrades to existing facilities and library vans.

For more information on this year’s successful applications visit www.localgovernment.vic.gov.au/grants.

To find out more about the projects helping communities and businesses thrive in your local area, visit www.delivering.vic.gov.au.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government, Shaun Leane

“We’re making huge investments in libraries and community facilities across the state through the Living Libraries Infrastructure Program and the Growing Suburbs Fund – creating local jobs and ensuring Victorians have access to the resources they need in their own backyards.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green

“It’s great to see the Andrews Labor Government is investing in Donnybrook’s first Community Centre which even includes a library.”

“The Patterson Drive Community Centre project will be an incredible asset for this growing area.”

“Thanks to this funding, Donnybrook families, children and community members will be able to access the services they need, close to where they live.”