Council explores more funding for Torquay Cultural Facility & Library
Published on 15 December 2021
The Surf Coast Shire Council will apply for up to an additional $20 million in state and federal funding to develop a new Cultural Facility and Library in Torquay.
Located at 77 Beach Road, the four-in-one facility will include a new Library, Australian National Surfing Museum, Visitor Information Centre and Arts Facility.
The first stage of the project includes construction of the Library, Surf Museum, Visitor Information Centre, maker spaces and rehearsal spaces. This stage, hoped to be delivered in 2024, is estimated to cost $33 million, with Council committing just over $8 million and up to $25 million required in external funding.
Council will now apply for up to $10 million from the Victorian Government’s Regional Tourism Investment Fund and up to $10 million from the latest round of the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund.
Council has also previously submitted applications to the Growing Suburbs Fund (seeking a maximum of $7.5 million) and Living Libraries Infrastructure Program (seeking a maximum of $1.5 million) and is awaiting the outcome of these in early 2022.
Surf Coast Shire Councillor Liz Pattison said the Cultural Facility and Library was a priority project for Council.
“This is a really significant project for the local community, so we’re exploring every option to gain state and federal government support to make it a reality as soon as possible,” she said.
“We know it will generate major cultural, social and economic benefits for locals, visitors and the broader region. It will be a wonderful addition to the Surf City precinct.”
“Our surf museum has just been identified as having one of the most significant collections of surfing exhibits internationally – it deserves a home more fit for purpose. Our community is crying out for a larger, more modern library. And as a creative hotspot we need spaces and places for creators and performers to come together,” Cr Pattison said.
Stage two of the project, estimated for 2030, will deliver a fully developed new 250-seat theatre, gallery and artist in residence area. It is estimated to cost $21 million and Council will need to secure future funding to help deliver this stage of the state of the art facility.