Dural Library’s old shelving is repurposed for good cause

Published on 13 June 2019

Dural Library

Mayor of The Hills Shire, Dr Michelle Byrne has congratulated the Rotary Club of Hills-Kellyville for their continued work and support of a school in Vanuatu.  

The local Club recently donated library shelving, which was given to them by The Hills Shire Council as a direct result of Dural Library refurbishment works.

The shelving will now be used at the Arep Secondary School, located in the Torba Provice, in isolated Northern Vanuatu.

The school provides education to about 300 students from years 7-13. Of those students, 130 are full-time boarders who only travel home over the Christmas break. Other students, who live on the Island, walk up to two hours per day, getting to and from school.

“It’s great to see Dural Library’s shelving going to a good home and will be used to change the lives of children,” Mayor Byrne said.

“Education is incredibly important, especially to young and growing minds. It has the means to transform lives, create opportunities, and open the doors locally and to the rest of the world.

“I’m incredibly proud Council could provide the shelving and I thank the Rotary Club of Hills-Kellyville for their quick thinking on how best to use this asset,” Mayor Byrne added.

John van den Burg, Vocational Service Director of the Hills-Kellyville Club, said little government support is available for the maintenance of resources and buildings at the Vanuatu school, and the library shelving will go a long way in helping to maintain and protect their books.

“The majority of the people on the island are mainly subsistence farmers with limited income, but education is extremely important to them,” Mr van den Burg said.

“Being in a remote area, little to no money is injected back into the school to help with improvements, so anything that makes their life a little easier is great news.”

Treasurer of the Hills-Kellyville Club, Keith Stapley echoed similar sentiments.

“It’s great to see Council donating items like the library shelving to charities and clubs like Rotary, so that we can make best use of them rather than having them thrown out or stored away,” Mr Stapley said.

“The library shelving is being repurposed and the school kids will get a lot of value out of it, especially when it comes to storing their books and keeping them safe from damage, like moisture.”

The local Rotary Club has been working to help refurbish and enhance education resources at the Arep school for almost 15 years.

Most recently, the Club sent a container with prefabricated frames and trusses, roofing, guttering and a water tank for a classroom to the school. A number of members then went over and used the materials to rebuild a classroom.

Teaching resources and medical equipment were also packed into the 40 foot container.