Praise for library and gallery facilities

Brendan Brew, Wurruk


AMIDST challenging times, I would like to share a place of positivity – that being the astonishing $14.53 million space that is the Port of Sale Wellington Centre.

This space – on the Princes Freeway, designed by FJMT studio architects – includes the public library, the regional art gallery, information centre, and a small cafĂ© whose floor to ceiling windows overlook the beautiful Port of Sale.

Some may say this is belated acknowledgment, however I am a former Sale resident who has only temporarily returned because of the pandemic.

I’ve been using the public library as a study space while undertaking university learning remotely, and have been astounded as to what a magnificent resource it is.

I’ve witnessed it utilised by secondary school students studying for their VCE exams, young children and parents sharing weekend outings, and by adults coming to enjoy a book of choice or a quiet place for reflection.

The art gallery is frequently replacing its art displays, and showing off pieces created by local artists, as well as works from school students.

To an art novice such as myself, I felt as though the environment was equal to that of the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne or the NGA in Canberra.

What an incredible setting for local residents and visitors to find inspiration and gain knowledge.

Well done to the council, the John Leslie Foundation, and other contributors for creating such a superb resource for our town.

I encourage everybody to visit the centre themselves, when current restrictions have been lifted.