Work is set to start on the second stage of the $1.3 million Bendigo Regional Archive Centre in Victoria, Australia. The contract to build the storage facility in Nolan Street has been awarded to local builder Gerard K House. The project has also been heavily supported by the City of Greater Bendigo, Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) and the Goldfields Library Corporation.
The climate controlled building will include five kilometres of shelving and will house documents from across the region, including legal and genealogical records.
Greater Bendigo Mayor Cr Rod Campbell says it will be a great resource for the community. "There'll be a vast array of records that are currently sitting around in sheds at risk in a number of circumstances," he said.
The City of Greater Bendigo will enter a Memorandum of Understanding with the Bendigo Historical Society to house their records and provide operational space for the Society to conduct daily activities.
"We will continue to work with the society to explore options for the storage of other artefacts and providing a public display facility," Campbell said.
The finished facility will provide a large secure archival storage for permanent records and other records of historical importance and professional records management services in line with PROV guidelines.
The previously constructed Public Reading Room in the Bendigo Library will continue to provide a research centre to meet the needs of visitors, students, genealogical and historical groups and professional research.
You can read more at http://www.bendigo.vic.gov.au/Page/page.asp?page_Id=3866&h=0.