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Trentham thriving with new community hub


Entrance of The Mechanics Trentham visible in centre of picture, with stairs and blue garden beds in the foreground. Cloudy skies visible in the background, with treetops present in the back right corner of the picture.

The Mechanics Trentham is bringing services and meeting spaces under one roof.

The Trentham community now has a one-stop-shop to access the town’s services as well as host group gatherings, thanks to the completion of The Mechanics Trentham.

The community hub features a library, a visitor information centre, a Hepburn Shire Council customer service counter, meeting and function rooms, and a multi-purpose community hall.

Works have also created on-site car parking to improve accessibility for people of all ages and abilities.

Built on the site of the old Trentham Mechanics Institute and incorporating elements of the original building, The Mechanics Trentham was designed in close consultation with the community.

The new library will play an important role in fostering lifelong learning and facilitating free access to print and digital information. It will resources for the development of training and skills, which will help to enrich the lives of community members.

Recognising the important role libraries play in their communities, we have invested more than $49 million into 139 library infrastructure projects over the last 8 years, to a total project cost of more than $348 million.

Putting these facilities and services under a single roof will boost liveability in Trentham, giving people access to what they need in a single, convenient location.

Construction of the community hub was made possible by a $4 million investment, with $3.5 million provided through the Regional Infrastructure Fund. A further $500,000 was provided through the Living Libraries Infrastructure Program.

Delivery of The Mechanics Trentham was also supported by an investment of more than $1 million through the Commonwealth Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program, and more than $2 million from Hepburn Shire Council.

For more information, visit Regional Infrastructure Fund.