Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Ms GARRETT (Eastern Victoria) (18:16:48): In this digital age the roles of libraries are changing, and thanks to a major renovation the Drouin library will be able to serve the community in this modern age. The building has had a $275 000 restoration, and when I was down there last week on behalf of Minister Somyurek it was clearly money well spent.

Libraries, especially in rural and regional areas, are about so much more than books. They bring people together for learning, leisure and forming connections and bonds, and they offer technology and places to meet. They also provide vital services to young kids and their parents, including reading groups and playgroups. The young ones who were there on the day were in full voice and enjoying story time with a very vibrant leader from the Baw Baw Shire Council.

The makeover at Drouin library will encourage more people to visit, with improved disability access at the front and back, construction of an outdoor reading deck, an upgrade of the toilets, re carpeting, wall repairs and a refurbished activity room for community groups and a special place for the Drouin History Group to meet and do their important work. Of course there is wi-fi, which is essential for knowledge and communications in the modern era. I would like to give a big shout-out to all the dedicated staff at the Drouin library and encourage all of the locals to check out the great changes.