Eastern Regional Libraries (ERL) will continue to run arts, history and literature activities from Miller’s Homestead in Boronia following a successful trial over the past year.
Council has extended ERL’s tenancy for a further four years until January 2027. Almost 8,000 visits were recorded during the trial.
Knox Mayor, Councillor Marcia Timmers-Leitch said the homestead was an iconic and much-loved part of Boronia’s history.
“After many years of under-utilisation, Miller’s Homestead has been re-opened to the community with great success under this new tenancy model,” she said.
“This unique heritage homestead holds great significance for our community and Eastern Regional Libraries’ use of the space enables people of all ages and diverse interests to enjoy fantastic programs in an idyllic, historic setting including a picturesque garden.
“Community feedback confirms that the style and variety of programming on offer at Miller’s Homestead during its first year of operation with the new tenancy met local needs and interests.
“This tenancy agreement provides a great public use for the historic site and enables it to be preserved and accessed by more members of our community. It was supported during the pilot period by a dedicated community reference group to help guide the community vision for this much loved property, and have now completed their task with great success.”
Programming includes creative writing and literature events, children’s activities, community and cultural events, music evenings, art exhibitions and genealogy services.
Local gardening, photography and other special interest groups have seen the venue filled with regular group bookings, workshops and social activities.
"Your library is pleased to be able to continue to host community events at Miller's Homestead for the next four years and see residents and visitors alike enjoy this incredible heritage facility," said ERL Corporate Manager, Sarah Hopkins.
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