Public libraries in Corangamite will receive a record $620,903 in 2009/10 through the Brumby Labor Government’s Public Libraries Grants Program, the Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP announced today.
“Recurrent funding from the Brumby Labor Government’s Public Libraries Grants Program has increased by $21,140 which is an increase of 3.5 per cent on last year,” Ms Tierney said.
“With almost half of Victorians belonging to their local library, our increased funding recognises the high demand for library services in our growing communities.
“Since 2004, our grant allocation has been based on population growth in Corangamite as well as an adjustment for inflation to ensure the Shire receives a fair level of funding,” Ms Tierney said.
“Libraries in Corangamite will also receive a share of an additional $1 million through the Premier’s Reading Challenge Book Fund Program, which will help libraries to buy extra resources and participate in the Premier’s Reading Challenge.
Local Government Minister Richard Wynne said overall the Public Libraries Grants Program had received a $1.3 million boost to recurrent funding; an increase of 4.1 per cent on last year to bring total funding for the program to $32.9 million for 2009/10.
“The Brumby Labor Government is taking action to support Victorian communities and as visits to our libraries are at record levels – with more than 650,000 visits made each week and over 50 million items borrowed each year – funding for libraries is a great way to support growing communities,” Mr Wynne said.
“We are committed to ensuring all Victorians have access to good quality library facilities that meet their needs.”
Funding will continue towards the $2 million Wireless Internet and Computer Management Program, which was launched in February 2009. The LibraryLink Victoria system, which allows users to borrow materials from any public library in the state, will receive $388,000.
Mr Wynne also highlighted the enormous success of the Living Libraries Program in giving communities bigger, better, brighter libraries by funding the renewal of public library infrastructure.
“People look to libraries as places to learn, relax and feel a part of their community, and our commitment to modern, accessible library infrastructure is longstanding,” Mr Wynne said.
Since 2001, the Victorian Government has committed $31.5 million to the Living Libraries Program and funded 106 projects.