BRIC library extension officially opened

Published on 23 August 2018

Mayor Cheryl McKinnon, author Ann Cleeves and Goldfields Library Corporation CEO Mark Hands at the opening of the BRIC library extension. Photo credit: Liz Martin.

The Boort Resource and Information Centre (BRIC) library extension has been officially opened by Loddon Shire Mayor Cheryl McKinnon.

Together with Goldfields Library Corporation Chief Executive Officer Mark Hands, Cr McKinnon also unveiled a commemorative plaque marking the occasion.

Around 110 community members attended the official opening on 9 August, which also included a talk by renowned author Ann Cleeves (creator of the iconic “Vera” and “Shetland” series) about her writing career, libraries and literature.

The BRIC library extension project has added approximately 62 square metres to the eastern end of the current building, enabling it to house a library room, computer area and children’s activity area.

The new extension will serve as a library agency for the Goldfields Library Corporation and has the capacity to house three times more books, magazines and other items onsite. It will also improve access to library programs such as children’s story time.

The Boort Resource and Information Centre provides a number of services to the local community, including Neighbourhood House, Rural Transaction Centre, Learn Local and community hub.

As well as providing a practical and functional area for the Boort library agency, the project provides upgraded facilities and improvement to the amenity at BRIC, complementing the centre’s other services.

The $280,000 project was made possible thanks to the Victorian Government’s Living Libraries Infrastructure Program ($240,000), the Boort Resource and Information Centre ($20,000) and Council ($20,000).