To the Legislative Council of Victoria:
This petition of certain citizens of the state of Victoria draws to the attention of the house the Baillieu government’s plans to slash recurrent funding for council-operated public libraries.
In particular we note that the Baillieu government’s decision to slash library funding will mean that libraries will be forced to:
1. buy less books or reduce access to free internet hours;
2. stop story-time sessions and other free library programs;
3. reduce funding for other council programs to keep their library services afloat.
The petitioners therefore request that the Legislative Council urge the Baillieu government to reverse its decision to cut library funding and conduct a full funding review to protect the viability of public libraries into the future.
By Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) (164 signatures).
Laid on table.