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MEDIA RELEASE - Glenelg Shire Council wins prestigious local government award

24 February 2020

THE redevelopment of the Portland Library has earned the Glenelg Shire Council the ‘Community Assets and Infrastructure Initiative’ ($2 million & under) category of the 2020 LGPro Awards for Excellence.

The award recognises council initiatives that provide benefit the community and showcase partnerships in developing and managing community assets that are a new, one-off activity of a capital nature.

The Portland Library Redevelopment began two years ago when Council received a $300,000 grant through the Victorian State Government’s Living Libraries Infrastructure Fund for the refurbishment of the existing library building. Council also committed financial and in-kind support to co-fund the project.

The library which is located within the civic precinct, now offers 850 square metres of floor space with views of Portland Harbour.

The community’s response to the redevelopment has been extremely positive – in the 12 months since the project’s completion new memberships have increased by 27%, annual visitations have grown by 29%, and participation in adult programs, almost doubled.

Glenelg Shire Library and Information Services Manager Yvette Parker commended the efforts of staff involved in the project.

“The Portland Library Redevelopment was a significant project for council, the facility was expanded and refurbished to meet growing community needs and reopened to the public in August 2018. The revamped facility now offers a more accessible layout with a dedicated children’s library, youth area, research and history room and community meetings rooms,” she said.

“We are incredibly proud of the end result. Not only do we have a more contemporary and user friendly design, offering even more opportunities for lifelong learning, we are also welcoming more visitors through the doors than ever before.

“It is fantastic to see this project, including the achievements of all staff and project partners involved, recognised at a state level. We have officially delivered an award winning library facility for the Glenelg Shire community.”

The annual LGPro Awards for Excellence recognise and celebrate the outstanding projects and initiatives delivered by Councils across Victoria. Now in their 16th year, they are the key awards for the Local Government sector. Almost 100 nominations were received across 10 categories this year

Commenting on the 2020 LGPro Awards for Excellence awards, LGPro president, Liana Thompson, says
they typify the wonderful ingenuity, inventiveness and entrepreneurial spirit within the local government sector. Ms Thompson is also CEO of Northern Grampians Shire Council.

“The truly fantastic thing about the awards is that the people who nominate agree to share their learnings with the sector, enabling others to pick up and implement a project or learning without having to invest the time and brainpower to develop something from scratch.

“It is this ethos of sharing that will help transform our sector and enable even smaller, less resourced councils to develop and flourish.”

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