$250,000 to revamp Yankalilla library space
Federal Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie has secured $250,000 to renovate the Yankalilla Library into a modern space for all ages.
The funding was announced in the Federal Budget and is due to the advocacy of the local MP and her Centre Alliance colleague Senator Stirling Griff.
The money will be used by the District Council of Yankalilla to fit out the new purpose-built library space. The new library will have improved mobility access, more engaging, multi-use spaces and will be fitted out with upgraded technology.
The area being used for the temporary library will be returned to a youth space.
Following the Budget announcement, Federal Finance Minister Mathias Cormann said: "The Australian Government is proud to provide nearly $6 million in funding for local infrastructure projects in Mayo that will support communities and rebuild the local economy. Rebekha Sharkie's advocacy has played a key role in securing funding for these projects. Rebekha has been a strong advocate for local infrastructure projects that boost the local economy and strengthen community and relationships."
Rebekha said: “Yankalilla is a small town on the Fleurieu coast but its size belies a strong, vibrant and inclusive community."
“Following the closure of the library at the local area school, much of the community-driven advocacy has taken place in a space known as 'the centre', but the centre is bursting at the seams, and the Yankalilla council has been keen to expand the community library to ensure that it's able to meet the needs of the growing community," she said.
“This funding will allow the council to create a Community Hub at the Centre and to ensure the library is able to ramp up its already successful programs and branch out into new additional programs.
“Upgrades to technology will enable the library to further develop basic IT support services which will offer residents, young and old, the opportunity to learn new skills as they connect with the world in a safe and responsible manner.”
Yankalilla Mayor Glen Rowlands said the funding was fantastic news for the district.
"Rebekha and I have been talking about the major benefits an upgraded library would provide our community for a number of years and I thank her and Senator Stirling Griff for their continued advocacy to help make this happen. We are very grateful," Mayor Rowlands said.