The sterling work of public libraries across Victoria in 2020 has been recognised with a record level of funding from the Victorian Government.
Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp MP today announced funding to purchase new books and collection items, run online services and deliver outreach programs, as follows:
- $298,825 – Campaspe Shire Council
- $139,413 – Gannawarra Shire Council
- $463,807 – Greater Shepparton City Council
- $411,451 – Mildura Rural City Council
- $207,050 – Swan Hill Rural City Council
- $253,483 – Moira Shire Council
- $119,221 – Buloke Shire Council
- $120,186 – Yarriambiack Shire Council
This funding comes as part of a record $56.9 million for Victorian libraries through the 2020 State Budget.
Libraries across Victoria have provided tremendous support to their communities throughout the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
From virtual storytimes for kids and check-in phone calls for all members, to book delivery and partnerships with Meals on Wheels, Victorian libraries have made a real impact in peoples’ lives at a challenging time.
The Victorian Government also funds the expansion, redevelopment and modernisation of libraries through the Living Libraries Infrastructure Program, which received an additional $11.1 million over two years in the 2020 Budget.
Victoria is home to 276 permanent library branches, 31 mobile library services and 71 other library outlets, with more than 2.1 million library members registered in the state.
Quotes attributable to Mark Gepp MP, Member for Northern Victoria
“The pandemic really brought home the value our local libraries bring to our community. It’s great to see the State Government give them the support they deserve.”
“Libraries strengthen and enrich our community. They’re places all of us can benefit from and they have a life-long impact.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government, Shaun Leane
“This funding ensures libraries have the resources they need to keep up the amazing work they’ve been doing. Libraries really do change lives and they are about so much more than books.”
“It’s been fantastic to see so many Victorians, particularly children and older people, connected through virtual library services during the pandemic, whether that’s a virtual story time, a check-in phone call or books delivered with Meals on Wheels.”