MEMBERS STATEMENTS – Clarinda library: reopening – Thursday, 1 Mar 2012

Posted on 09. Mar, 2012 in Speeches

Mr LIM (Clayton) — On Friday, 17 February, I had the pleasure of attending the City of Kingston’s official opening of the refurbishment of Clarinda library. I wish to thank the mayor, Cr John Ronke, and his fellow councillors for their invitation. This essential redevelopment of an additional 112 square metres will give residents of Clarinda, Clayton South, Oakleigh South and Heatherton an improved resource which will bring their local community together and provide access to services to expand their knowledge and quality of life.

Libraries are sometimes undervalued until used. First‑time users quickly become addicted to the services on offer, and the injection of funds for this refurbishment will be greatly appreciated by current and future users. The refurbishment now offers a dedicated children’s area, a multilingual newspaper reading area, more seated spaces, a flexible community space and an upgraded multipurpose room. The refurbishment cost was $620 000, which I believe was money well spent. I was particularly impressed with the natural lighting aspect, designed by architect Mark Tyquin. The design offers a warm welcome to all which fits in well with the recent launch of the National Year of Reading.

The City of Kingston is a great supporter of its libraries. It provides library services in eight locations throughout the city, holds a massive catalogue of 200 000 books and other media such as CDs — —

The ACTING SPEAKER (Mr Languiller) — Order! The member’s time has expired.

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