My adjournment matter is directed to the Minister for Local Government, the Honourable Shaun Leane, MP, and the adjournment matter relates to public libraries. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of public libraries in connecting people to their community, and that has nowhere been more evident than in my electorate of Northern Victoria. They have been constantly amazing, the steps that local libraries throughout Northern Victoria have taken to transition their services in a variety of ways—to online, for example—to enable people to continue to borrow books using new facilities such as click and collect, which we know have become very, very fashionable throughout the pandemic. Libraries have adapted to the environment that they have confronted during the pandemic and tried their very, very best to continue to provide services to their local communities. Local libraries in my electorate play such an important role, particularly for young families, and it has been so important that they have still been able to access important educational programs such as story time with library staff. They have been doing incredible work to reach out to those also in our communities that may need additional support.
The Victorian 2021–22 budget committed an additional $9.3 million to public libraries. The action I seek from the Minister for Local Government is for the minister to provide me with detail on how this budget announcement builds on the funding provided to public libraries through his portfolio and what the funding outcomes will be for public libraries in 2021–22 in my electorate of Northern Victoria.