201601.28

Seaford Community Centre restored Junior Library saved

Thursday 28 January 2016


In its 49th year of operation, the Seaford Junior Library faced closure due to local council funding constraints.


A rescue plan conceived by local Federal MP, Bruce Billson resulted in funding commitments from all levels of government and a relaunch that celebrated a rejuvenated Seaford Community Centre with a new foundation for another 50 years of service by the junior library.


The Federal Coalition Government $20,000 contribution has enabled Frankston City Council to redirect resources to the Junior Library to secure its future and launch positively into another 50 years of educational, literacy and early childhood support for the Seaford community.


Mr Billson said this work delivers on an election commitment which will enable the Centre, which includes the Seaford Junior Library and hall, to continue to be enjoyed by the whole community for many years to come.


“The roof renewal was needed at the same time the Seaford Junior Library was facing a funding cut and uncertain future,” Mr Billson said.


“Community and recreational facilities provide the hardware to help transform a place into a community and I’m excited to be delivering on this election commitment.


“The Seaford Junior Library, celebrating half a century of service, is a place where families can learn how to best support their young child’s development and where children learn to read, grow their imagination and be inspired by the many books housed there.


“The Hall, which can seat up to 200 people, provides a great space for community gatherings and concerts, and along with the renovated meeting room, are fantastic facilities for the Seaford community.


“It is great to see the upgrades, which will ensure the centre remains a great place for the community to meet, for celebrations to be held and for children to immerse themselves in books.”


“An expanded adult library facility and Frankston City service centre have been incorporated into the revitalise facility that is a credit to Frankston Council and the local community who have combined with the State and Federal Government’s to deliver an outstanding outcome’, Mr Billson said.


Further information is available at: http://www.frankston.vic.gov.au/Planning_and_Building/Major_Projects/Seaford_Community_Centre