Monday 20 June 2016
This Saturday’s official opening of the Tura Marrang Library and Community Centre will be a celebration that equals the size of the transformation this space has undergone.
What was once a dark inward looking tavern is now a light, bright, dynamic community asset.
Manager of Community, Culture and Information, Simon Schweitzer said that the building was able to open its doors to existing library members on Monday, with staff this week fine tuning and testing systems.
“The excitement shown by staff and their dedication to seeing this space serve the community is at the heart of this project’s success,” Mr Schweitzer said.
The million dollar project delivers much for the fastest growing area in the Shire, and has been funded by a mix of borrowings, sale of asset and licences and grant funding.
Residents and visitors get a full range of library services, including free WiFi and computer access, a variety of reading a study spaces, kids and youth zones and current newspapers and magazines.
Importantly the building will also provide a number of places for meetings and gatherings, something in short supply in the Tura area. Meeting rooms and spaces will be available for hire during and after business hours.
The word “marrang” will be new to many but is a local Aboriginal word for beach or sand, using it in this way was a welcome suggestion from the community.
Saturday’s opening celebrations run from 9:30am until 2pm, with Bega Valley Shire Mayor, Michael Britten and Member for Bega, Andrew Constance officially opening the new centre at 11am.
The day will feature plenty of activities including tech classes, Minecraft, face painting, Story Time, balloon animals, paper boat making, a sausage sizzle and even a visit from Princess Anna from Frozen.
Current library members and people who join on the day will receive a limited edition library bag.
Photograph: The new Tura Marrang Library and Community Centre