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Works begin on first of a kind outdoor sensory area at Seymour Library

Works on a highly-anticipated outdoor sensory area at Seymour Library have begun.

The exciting hub will transform a previously disused outdoor area of the library and will feature new landscaping, pergola and a seating area.

It will allow for creative programs for all ages and abilities and will include a dedicated wet area for painting and craft activities, a garden area and access to the library’s free Wi-Fi.

The first of its kind at a Mitchell Shire Library, the project was funded by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning’s Living Libraries Infrastructure Program ($100,000) and Council ($33,334).

Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said she looked forward to seeing the positive impact the area is set to have on the community.

“This is a really exciting project for the Seymour community and one that will go a long way to helping reconnect some of our younger residents with learning, and with the library,” Cr Sanderson said.

“We know some of our younger residents are disengaged with school and with learning, so this area will allow them to collectively explore, develop interests, share experiences and learn new skills.

“It is a fantastic example of how libraries have changed – they are no longer just about silently reading a book. They are places to learn and explore, and they really are places for people of all ages to enjoy.

“On behalf of Council, we’d like to thank Jaclyn Symes, Member for Northern Victoria and the Victorian Government for helping make this exciting project a reality.”

Works have started on clearing the site, with temporary fencing installed this week.

An arborist will be on hand during construction to ensure the health and safety of the gum tree, while the works are expected to cause little to no impact for library users.

It is anticipated the works will be complete by the end of December.Works on a highly-anticipated outdoor sensory area at Seymour Library have begun.

The exciting hub will transform a previously disused outdoor area of the library and will feature new landscaping, pergola and a seating area.

It will allow for creative programs for all ages and abilities and will include a dedicated wet area for painting and craft activities, a garden area and access to the library’s free Wi-Fi.

The first of its kind at a Mitchell Shire Library, the project was funded by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning’s Living Libraries Infrastructure Program ($100,000) and Council ($33,334).

Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said she looked forward to seeing the positive impact the area is set to have on the community.

“This is a really exciting project for the Seymour community and one that will go a long way to helping reconnect some of our younger residents with learning, and with the library,” Cr Sanderson said.

“We know some of our younger residents are disengaged with school and with learning, so this area will allow them to collectively explore, develop interests, share experiences and learn new skills.

“It is a fantastic example of how libraries have changed – they are no longer just about silently reading a book. They are places to learn and explore, and they really are places for people of all ages to enjoy.

“On behalf of Council, we’d like to thank Jaclyn Symes, Member for Northern Victoria and the Victorian Government for helping make this exciting project a reality.”

Works have started on clearing the site, with temporary fencing installed this week.

An arborist will be on hand during construction to ensure the health and safety of the gum tree, while the works are expected to cause little to no impact for library users.

It is anticipated the works will be complete by the end of December.