Friday, 13 August 2021

The Wodonga community will be enriched with more art and literature after the opening of its new multipurpose library and gallery, backed by the Andrews Labor Government.

Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes was in Wodonga today to officially open the new precinct supported by $4 million through the Labor Government’s Regional Infrastructure Fund.

The two-storey building features an upgraded library space, two gallery rooms as well as community meeting and workshop rooms and is expected to triple the number of visitors currently passing through the doors.

The building otherwise known as Hyphen has been named for linking both art and literature into one unique space.

It will be recognised for its significant design features with a metal circular staircase that connects the ground floor library to the upstairs galleries and function space, standing at 13 metres tall. The design also includes a courtyard that connects with the existing courtyard and a second-floor terrace.

The redevelopment project has already created 86 jobs throughout construction and led to an economic uplift of nearly $30 million for the Wodonga region.

The increased exhibition and performance space is expected to serve as a major drawcard for international exhibitions, supporting the growth of Wodonga’s cultural tourism experiences and encouraging more visitors from across the state.

The Regional Infrastructure Fund is part of the Labor Government’s flagship $156 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund, helping businesses create more jobs in regional Victoria, supporting community projects and backing councils to build the infrastructure that locals and visitors need.

The fund is part of the Labor Government’s almost $30 billion investment in regional and rural Victoria.

The second round of the Fund’s 2020/21 program opened for applications on 16 June. Under this competitive round, local regional and rural councils will be invited to apply for grants. Information and guidelines for the Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund can be found at rdv.vic.gov.au/rjif. 

Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes

“The Wodonga Library and Gallery has a long standing history in the community and I’m so pleased we were able to step in to enable this transformation to take place.”

“This is such an impressive building and Wodonga Council and Zauner Constructions are to be congratulated on creating a space that will serve as a cultural tourism hub and boost jobs for the Wodonga community.”