Royalties For Regions Program To Fund New Library

Royalties For Regions Program To Fund New Library

Western Australia Minister for Regional Development and Lands Brendon Grylls

New Library And Art Centre For Gascoyne Residents

Victor P Taffa

A $4.167 Million Library and Art Centre will provide residents in the shires of Carnarvon, Exmouth, Upper Gascoyne and Shark Bay with improved resources for learning, while supporting the development of art and culture throughout the region.

As part of its Gascoyne Revitalisation Plan, the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program is contributing $3.557 Million ($1.7 Million from the Gascoyne Regional Grants Scheme and $1.857 Million from the Gascoyne Revitalisation Fund) to fit out and furnish the Carnarvon Library and Art Centre, which will replace the George Gooch Memorial Library and be housed in an existing building owned by the Shire of Carnarvon.

The remaining funding will be provided by the Shire of Carnarvon ($610,000).

Regional Development and Lands Minister Brendon Grylls said that an upgrade to library services and the establishment of a regional art gallery were essential in promoting a culture of learning in the Gascoyne.

 

“The community deserves a quality building, where the services and equipment required for learning are easily accessible. This contemporary facility will provide the technology, materials and learning spaces needed by students, while indigenous and history areas, reference resources and meeting rooms will ensure information is accessed and shared by all community members.” Mr. Grylls said.

“The art centre will feature a gallery, presenting opportunities for artists across the region to exhibit their work. There will also be space to conduct workshops, and this will develop skills, and build art and cultural appreciation throughout the region.”

The Minister said the delivery of infrastructure to the region was particularly important in the wake of the Gascoyne Floods disaster, and the library and art centre had been identified by the Shire of Carnarvon as a key project requiring funding.

North West MLA Vince Catania said the regional library and art centre had only been made possible through the Royalties for Regions funding and would be an important asset to the Gascoyne region.

Mr. Catania said as well as increasing learning opportunities and services to residents, the facility which would be located on Egan Street in Carnarvon, within walking distance of the main town centre and schools would provide tourists with low-cost access to communications, local history, indigenous information and art exhibitions.