Premier Colin Barnett and Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls have officially opened the new Carnarvon Regional Library and Art Gallery.
The facilities will provide library services throughout the Gascoyne to the shires of Exmouth, Upper Gascoyne, Shark Bay and Carnarvon.
The Premier said the building would be an education, social and cultural centre for Carnarvon residents. It incorporated offices, a meeting room and areas dedicated to children and adults.
“This modern facility is a tangible sign of the Liberal National Government’s commitment to modernising and transforming Gascoyne communities. It will be an important part of the social fabric of this region,” Mr Barnett said.
“This is a priority project as part of the Government’s Royalties for Regions Gascoyne Revitalisation Plan (GRP) under which we have committed $150million over six years for major infrastructure, headworks and community priority projects.
“The GRP also generates employment opportunities for local businesses in the planning, works and operational stages of the proposed projects and initiatives.”
The State Government has provided $4.64million towards the development through the Gascoyne Revitalisation Plan; the Country Local Government Fund and the Gascoyne Regional Grants Scheme.
The Shire of Carnarvon provided the remaining $979,000 to the project.
Mr Grylls said the project was a key part of the Government’s plan to build a more sustainable social and economic base that helps the region achieve its potential for growth.
“The inclusion of the art gallery creates excellent opportunities for tourism, cultural development and literacy improvement,” he said.
“The gallery space has been designed to accommodate both local and touring exhibitions and is already booked for the 2014 Gascoyne Biennial Art Awards.”
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