Vision impaired and ageing residents within the Corangamite community will have access to a greater range of books and DVD’s through their local libraries thanks to a $5,000 Victorian Government grant, Minister for Local Government Richard Wynne announced today.
Under the funding allocation, the Corangamite Shire Council will receive $5,000 for the purchase of large print books, talking books, DVD’s and a range of fiction books as part of the 2008 Small Grants Program for Public Libraries.
“With more than 50 per cent of Victorians belonging to their local library, there is no doubt that they are important places where people come to learn and connect.”
“Libraries are of central importance to local communities so it’s important they have access to the proper resources and services to maintain their place in the community and in people’s lives.” Mr Wynne said.
The Victorian Government recognises local libraries help give local communities access to educational and life-long learning opportunities as well as modern technology.”
Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said the $5,000 announced for the Corangamite Shire Council would contribute to the well-being and education of all its residents.”
“This funding will help to equip the library with the most up-to-date technology and facilities to serve the local community.” Ms Tierney said.
The 2008 Small Grants Program for Public Libraries offers funds of up to $10,000 or up to $30,000 for joint council/regional library project.
The Victorian Government has continued to demonstrate its commitment to the State’s public libraries through the 2008-09 State Budget,
“Our Government has provided record recurrent funding for public libraries across Victoria.” Mr Wynne said.
In addition a total of $5.28 million was provided to 16 library services during the first year of the Living Libraries Program. $15 million has been allocated to councils and regional facilities over four years, building on the $16.5 million already allocated to 70 projects across the state.
“These grants have provided new or improved library infrastructure and supported the role of public libraries in strengthening communities as a meeting place, fostering life-long learning and as providers of free access to information resources.”