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Dingley Village community to enjoy upgraded Library and Harold Box Hall

30 January 2018

Dingley Village’s Neighbourhood Centre will be transformed thanks to a $3.25million upgrade approved by Kingston Council.

Kingston Mayor Steve Staikos said the improvements would ensure the Dingley Village community had access to a quality library and community space.

“The centre is an important focal point for Dingley community life and we’re keen to connect the different buildings onsite and boost facilities to make sure they continue to support local residents for years to come,” Cr Staikos said.

“In addition to an improved Library, we’re also making Harold Box Hall more user-friendly by making the space more flexible so that it can be used by multiple groups at once.”

A Master Plan has been developed for the site with works to be split into two stages. Stage One has been fully funded thanks to $2.5million funding from Kingston Council and $750,000 from the Victorian Government’s Living Libraries fund.

Proposed stage 1 works include:

  •  library refurbishment
  •  new outdoor space connected to the library
  •  refurbishment of Harold Box Hall to support more flexible use of space
  • new kiosk / kitchen and reception areas
  • connecting foyer and external deck area to support future integration of the two buildings
  • relocation of Maternal and Child Helath service from Harold Box Hall to improved facilities in the Neighbourhood House building.

Council will now work in partnership with the community groups who regularly use the facility to complete more detailed designs for the Stage One works, which will then be displayed for public feedback later this year.

 

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