The Andrews Labor Government is supporting improved library services for Buloke Shire with a funding boost from the Living Libraries Infrastructure Program.
The Labor Government is delivering $240,000 in funding towards the Buloke Shire Council’s Wycheproof Library Expansion Project as part of the program.
Funding will see an extension to the Wycheproof Community Resource Centre to house the Buloke Library Service.
The service moved into the Community Resource Centre last year, and a purpose-built extension will allow it to expand its collections and programming capability.
The program helps local councils and regional library corporations renew, redesign or rebuild existing libraries, ensuring all Victorians can enjoy and benefit from what libraries offer.
In this year’s round of funding $4.1 million has been allocated to 12 different projects, including Buloke Library Service.
More than nine million different items are borrowed from Victorian libraries every year and they provide a vital service for communities across the State.
In August the Government announced $44.7 million in funding to support public libraries across Victoria to buy new books and e-resources and deliver programs including story time for children and outreach services.
Public libraries also benefit from the Premiers’ Reading Challenge Book Fund, which provides an annual allocation for books and materials to support the Premiers’ Reading Challenge.
Information on the Living Libraries Infrastructure Program here: localgovernment.vic.gov.au/grants.
Quote attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp
“The Wycheproof Community Resource Centre is a great asset for the community and a purpose-built extension for the library service means more choice and opportunities for people across the Shire.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Adem Somyurek
“Libraries are about so much more than books – they strengthen and provide vital services to Victorian communities.”
“We are working with Councils to improve libraries right across Victoria so they can better meet the needs of their communities.”