Victoria Minister for Local Government Jeanette Powell
Victorian Government Supports Libraries
Victor P Taffa
Minister for Local Government Jeanette Powell today outlined the Victorian Coalition Government’s ongoing commitment to public libraries in Victoria at the ‘Victorians Love Libraries’ launch at the Clayton Library.
“The Coalition Government is committed to enhancing Victoria’s public library network to promote lifelong learning opportunities for Victorians.” Mrs. Powell said.
“Since coming to office the Coalition Government has injected an additional $6.4 Million into recurrent library funding in the next three years to fix a black hole left by the previous Labor Government.”
“The Coalition Government has also invested $17.2 Million in the Living Libraries Infrastructure Program which will deliver at least 40 new or upgraded library facilities throughout the state during this term of government.”
“A further $1 Million will be shared amongst local councils, regional library corporations and Vision Australia for the purchase of books as part of the Premiers’ Reading Challenge Book Fund.”
A landmark bi-partisan review into the future of Victorian library services and funding arrangements is being conducted by the Libraries Ministerial Advisory Committee.
“Libraries are essential community infrastructure that bring the community together, connect us to the wider world and provide unrivalled free access to knowledge, information and entertainment for their members.” Mrs. Powell said.
“Libraries are part of the fabric of many communities and the Coalition Government is helping ensure public libraries are welcoming, accessible and safe community environments for people of all ages and from all backgrounds.”