Federal funding of $330,000 is supporting the most significant refurbishment of Dungog Library in 40 years, almost doubling the size of the existing building.
Plans are currently being finalised for a major transformation of the library, internally and externally, with the project going to tender in coming weeks.
The new build will include development of a large community conferencing space with latest audio-visual technology, to function as a meeting area for council and public events.
Federal Nationals Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie said one of the aims was to dramatically improve technology resources for students and young people.
“During the pandemic in particular, local families have identified a need for better facilities for online learning for students,” Dr Gillespie said.
“This exciting project will provide opportunities for hi-tech access and online learning forums. There’ll be a huge conferencing screen and a dedicated study hub for students.
“We’re very pleased to be supporting a project that will positively transform the council precinct and Dungog town centre.”
State Libraries is contributing $500,000 to the project, with work expected to be completed at the end of 2022.