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Ballarat and Sebastopol
After closing for refurbishment in October, the Ballarat and Sebastopol
libraries have reopened to the public.
Hundreds of members of the community turned out to help celebrate the
With 270,000 people using both the Ballarat and Sebastopol libraries
annually, the upgrades ensure both facilities are comfortable spaces for
the community to use and enjoy.
The Sebastopol Library refurbishment was funded by the City of Ballarat
and the Victorian Government's Living Libraries grant program.
The library now provides a community space that is larger, has more
seating, is more accessible and more pleasant.
The library is now able to provide more activities and host more events
such as author visits, bookclubs, children's activities and forums. The
children's area has also been enlarged which is great for the library's
popular fortnightly story times.
To support the existing free computer access, wireless internet has been
installed so members can have greater access to high speed internet
using their own equipment.
For further information contact the Sebastopol Library on 5335 9985.
A fresh coat of paint and new carpet has given the centre a new look.
For further information contact the Ballarat Library on 5331 1211.
Ballarat families with infants and young children will experience a new
level of maternal and child health services from February.
Girrabanya has been providing child care and kindergarten for many
years, but it's being expanded to provide maternal and child health
services. The facility in Steinfeld Street is being renamed the Girrabanya
Centre for Children and their Families.
Construction of the new building started in July and is expected to be
finished before Christmas. While the Centre is closed during January,
child care will be based at the Wendouree Children's Centre.
Council's Maternal and Child Health Centres in Mair Street, Ballarat North
and Ballarat East will close permanently on Friday 23 January. Nurses
from these sites will be moving to Girrabanya. Families who attended Mair
Street, Ballarat North or Ballarat East will be encouraged to make
appointments at Girrabanya or another of Council's Maternal and Child
Health Centres. The telephone numbers for the three maternal and child
health centres that are closing will be diverted to Girrabanya.
The Girrabanya Centre for Children and their Families features:
• four maternal and child health consulting rooms;
• two interview rooms (these will be available for other child and family
• a community meeting room; and
• on-site car parking.
The expansion of Girrabanya is a key project from Council's Municipal
Early Years Plan.
For further information contact Council's Manager Family and Children's
Services Anne Scott on 5320 5751.
Below: Work is almost complete at the new Girrabanya Centre for Children and
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