Library receives funding for community Makerspace

Friday, 30 August 2019 

The Bunbury Public Library will soon be home to a Makerspace thanks to funding from the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation. 

The City of Bunbury will receive $30,000 over three years to develop the space at the CBD located library. 

It will be a dedicated space for the community to experiment, create and remix ideas utilising technology, while collaborating with others in a supported environment.    

The funding has been made available from the State Government’s Digital and Technology Skills program which focusses on boosting the skills of people under-represented in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) professions. 

The Digital and Technology Skills Program is an initiative under the State STEM skills strategy Future jobs, future skills - Driving STEM skills in Western Australia, which aims to ensure that all West Australians have an opportunity to develop the skills to embrace a technological future. 

City of Bunbury Libraries and Cultural Development Manager, Sharon Chapman welcomed the funding and thanked the State Government for its support.  

“This space will increase skills and awareness in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) through fun and engaging events and the development of a regional STEAM network in the City of Bunbury,” Ms Chapman said. 

“We are excited to be chosen as one of the successful grant applicants and look forward to making the space a reality for our community to use.” 

The Makerspace will be up and running by 2020.