New Home In Kilcunda For Mobile Library
The West Gippsland Regional Mobile Library now has pride of place in Kilcunda following Bass Coast Shire Council’s $55,000 development of the community hall car park.
As part of its Capital Works Program, Council asphalted and painted lines in the car park, installed an uplight under the flag pole and put in a new street seat for people to rest and enjoy the spectacular coastal view.
Council also worked with the Kilcunda Community Hall Committee to use its power source to enable the Mobile Library to park out the front of the hall, parallel to the highway.
Up until recently, the library’s only option was to park on Peppermint Road alongside the CFA Station, restricting access to the station by brigade members and creating issues with the access to the library.
Peter Farmer, one of the Corporation’s Mobile Librarians, said parking in the former site left the van sitting on an angle, causing a number of problems.
“The automatic door wouldn’t work because of the slant it was on, and it just wasn’t a good look when new people visited the library,” he said.
“It’s only a small thing, but being on level ground is a lot more comfortable and now we’re parked along the highway, the library is very easy to see by people passing by.”
Mr Farmer said visibility is important to encourage people to visit the library, as without numbers, the library wouldn’t be able to continue.
“That’s how it operates unfortunately; it only keeps working if people keep coming,” Mr Farmer said.
“The smaller communities really use the library not only to order books, but to meet up and socialise. Membership is free, and we have a wide selection of books and DVDs for all ages to borrow.”
Ward Councillor, Brad Drew, said the redevelopment was money well spent.
“We’ve helped three community groups in one project, with everyone benefiting in one way or another,” Cr Drew said.
“People now have better access to the library, which provides educational and social opportunities for people, and Council is working hard to help the Mobile Library grow.”
The Mobile Library visits:
- Kilcunda, Thursdays from 9.00am – 10.30am, Bass Highway (Community Hall carpark)
- Corinella, Wednesdays from 2.00pm – 4.30pm, Smyth Street (opposite Hall)
- Coronet Bay, Tuesdays from 9.45am – 11.45am, Cutty Sark Road (foreshore)
- Grantville, Thursdays from 11.30am – 1.00pm, Bassy Highway (Community Hall Carpark)
- San Remo, Tuesdays from 1.30pm – 6pm and Wednesdays from 9.30am – 12.15pm, Wynne Avenue (near Rec Centre)