First look at library-gallery plans for Wodonga

Sunday 5 May 2019

The first plans for the $10.2 million Wodonga library-gallery redevelopment have been released. An important element in the growth of the city’s cultural economy, the project will contribute significantly in terms of social, reputational and cultural value. Throughout the construction phase the project is anticipated to inject $23.9 million into the economy through direct and supply chain consumption effects. The project is also anticipated to support 20 jobs during the construction stage.

The building complements the surrounding precinct and encompasses an environmentally sustainable design. The two-storey building features an upgraded library space, two gallery rooms as well as meeting and workshop rooms available for community hire.

Upon completion, the library will support the business community through the provision of online and in-person resources. It will also play a key role in providing work spaces for telecommuters, free internet access for people looking for employment opportunities and fostering entrepreneurship within the community.

A significant design feature is the skylight-topped spiral staircase which will intersect the second-floor gallery spaces. The design includes links to the existing courtyard and a second-floor terrace. The large tree that is a significant feature of The Cube Wodonga precinct will be retained. The cultural precinct project received $4 million from the Victorian Government’s Regional Infrastructure Fund.

Construction is due to begin in the second-half of 2019. The library service will operate from 194 High Street Wodonga for the duration of the build.