Maintaining our current facilities

Victoria has significant cultural, sporting, recreation and community assets.

These facilities let people express themselves creatively, engage with their community and stay healthy and active. That’s why current and future generations should have access to upgraded or new facilities.

The Victorian Government is committed to upgrading these assets across the state. These initiatives will:

  • encourage community participation and physical activity
  • provide amateur to professional pathways
  • showcase our sporting and creative talent

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Did you know Did you know

Our State Cultural Collection, which includes Ned Kelly’s armour and Phar Lap, is worth more than $5 billion.

 

Projects and reforms

The Victorian Infrastructure Plan includes 4 projects and reforms under this Culture, sport and community priority. These are detailed in the Culture, sport and community sector plan and full edition VIP, available for download together with:

  • Government response - outlines our position and addresses 137 recommendations made by Infrastructure Victoria in its 30-year Infrastructure Strategy
  • Technical report - indicates where projects and reforms meet the plan’s four objectives

Case study

Transforming State Library Victoria

The State Library Victoria is Australia’s oldest and most loved public library. Each year it welcomes over 2 million visitors on-site and over 4 million online. The Victorian Government has committed to the State Library’s Vision 2020 redevelopment. This transformation that will ensure many more people can enjoy its wealth of resources.

At the heart of Vision 2020 is the:

  • refurbishment of heritage spaces
  • creation of innovative new spaces for children and teenagers
  • reinvention of the library's facilities and services
  • support for Victoria’s burgeoning creative and innovation economies

The $88.1 million project represents long-term renewal. It will provide many more years of leading service from this iconic Victorian institution. It will create:

  • Start Space, Victoria’s first centre for early stage entrepreneurs
  • an e-Town Hall with live streaming ability to local libraries across Victoria

This project will return 40% more of the building to public use. It will also improve site access by reopening the Russell Street entrance and opening a universally accessible entrance on La Trobe Street.

Ian Potter Queen’s Hall, the library's oldest reading room, will be restored and reopened to the public for the first time in almost 15 years. A new world-class exhibition gallery — The Victoria Gallery — will also be created. This gallery will showcase the library's collections and provide a new destination for Melbourne.

The redevelopment is being funded through a partnership model. The Victorian Government is committing $2 for every $1 raised through philanthropic donations.

 

The Victorian Infrastructure Plan identifies 3 other priorities within the Culture, sport and community sector. They are:

Maintaining Victoria’s competitive edge

Planning for a growing population

Growing participation