MORTLAKE’S streetscape is continuing to change as the old library and information centre building made way for new construction over the weekend.
Moyne Shire manager of assets and projects Ian Harper said building is starting to get under way, with the contractors levelling the site.
“We’re looking at an end date late this year or early next year,” he said.
The early stages of the work will include laying the slab and putting in steelwork.
Shire councillor Jill Parker said it is exciting to see the project finally come to fruition after several months of groundwork.
“We’ve been on pause for a while,” she said.
“Now that it has started, it’s moving along very nicely.”
Cr Parker said the library and information centre services will still be available during normal operating hours at the Mortlake Day Centre and Maternal and Child Health Centre.
“They are looking forward to being relocated,” she said.
“It (the new hub) will be easier for those that are working there and those that are visitors.”
Cr Parker said the work adds to the ongoing development of the town.
“It’s a further improvement to our streetscape,” she said.
The works were made possible through a $500,000 State Government funding commitment via its Living Libraries Infrastructure program last March.
The council has also allocated $300,000 towards the redevelopment, while the Mortlake Community Development Committee (MCDC) has contributed $50,000.
The new community centre will include library facilities, the Visitor Information Centre, Centrelink services and a separate community meeting space.