Sod turned for Lake Macquarie’s first library museum
Published on 16 March 2022
History is in the making with the construction of Lake Macquarie’s Sugar Valley Library Museum underway.
Lake Macquarie Mayor Kay Fraser said the $5.8 million project at Cameron Park is the first of its kind in the city and will feature a museum, library and conference room.
“There are few libraries like this in the world and our community will benefit from this innovative space where people can come to learn, create and connect,” Cr Fraser said.
“The museum will be a drawcard for tourists, with an array of historic artefacts on display and the latest technology adding a whole new level of engagement.”
Council’s Arts, Culture and Tourism Manager Jacqui Hemsley expected the new building to increase visitation in the area by up to 35 per cent.
“This building enhances our library system and allows us to host touring art exhibitions. It also has a capacity to store up to 7000 heritage items,” Ms Hemsley said.
A virtual reality program will feature at the museum, funded by the New South Wales Government.
West Wallsend District Heritage Group Secretary Leah Buchanan was excited to see history come to life.
“A virtual experience will immerse visitors in Killingworth Colliery’s history, with a tour of a mine destroyed by a huge explosion in 1910,” Ms Buchanan said.
“Through virtual reality goggles, visitors will travel along the old mine tunnels and find historic tools and objects.”
Construction company Lloyd Group will undertake the project.
“We’re truly honoured to deliver the construction of such a distinctive project. The team is looking forward to seeing the new facility bring together both local residents and the wider community,” General Manager Matthew Licuria said.
The project is expected to be complete by late 2022 and is funded entirely by Council via development contributions.
Once complete, Edgeworth Library services will relocate to the new cultural facility.
Edgeworth library will be decommissioned with Council running an expression of interest process in mid-2022 for a community group or service to lease the community facility.
More information about the project can be found at lakemac.com.au.