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Western Australia Minister for Culture and Arts John Day

Local Governments To Benefit From New Library Funding Model

Victor P Taffa

From this month, the State Library will use a new, more equitable funding model for determining the allocation for each Local Government to purchase materials for their local public libraries.

Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said the State Library and Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA) had worked collaboratively to develop the new model.

“The old allocation model lacked transparency and had a number of inconsistencies across local governments, so I am very pleased this much-needed reform is now under way.” Mr. Day said.

“The new model has been developed to ensure equity, with funding for each local government to be determined primarily by the resident population of that area.”

“Over a 12-month period, application of the new model will result in 87 % of Local Governments receiving increased allocations relative to 2009-10.” Mr. Day said.

“I commend both the State Library and WALGA for the excellent work they have done on this, and are pleased that the library will continue to work with local governments to help with the transition to the new funding model.”

Adjustments will be made to help offset disadvantage in delivering equivalent library services, and a minimum allocation safety net is included in recognition of local government with small population bases. The new model will be reviewed at the end of the 2010-11 financial year.

The Minister said the new funding model was the third major reform for Public Libraries this year.

“In May this year, the Liberal-National Government announced funding for Local Libraries will increase by more than 40 % to $9.307 Million in 2010-11 and, for the first time ever, will be indexed for the following three years.” Mr. Day said.

“In June, I signed a new partnership agreement between State and Local Governments, which underpins the delivery of Public Library Services across Western Australia.”

“Public libraries are valued resources in communities across WA, and this Government is committed to providing the sustainable support libraries need.” Mr. Day said.

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