Wodonga's new library-gallery opens to public16/08/2021
Hyphen, Wodonga’s eagerly anticipated new library and gallery is now officially open – connecting the dual aims of providing the community with art and literature in one unique space.
The $12.8 million, two-story building features an upgraded library space, two gallery rooms as well as community meeting and workshop rooms and is expected to more than triple the number of visitors currently passing through its doors.
A significant design feature is the large, metal, circular staircase that connects the ground floor library to the upstairs galleries and function space and stands at an impressive 13 metres tall.
The design also includes a courtyard that connects with the existing courtyard and a second-floor terrace. The large tree that is a significant feature in The Cube Wodonga courtyard remains.
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 in search of a cultural experience outside of Melbourne.
The Victorian Government invested $4 million towards the new cultural precinct through its Regional Infrastructure Fund.
The Regional Infrastructure Fund is part of the Victorian Government’s flagship $156 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund, designed to help businesses create more jobs in regional Victoria, support community projects and support councils to build the infrastructure locals and visitors need.
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.