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29 August 2022

The Geelong Regional Library Corporation will receive a valuable investment in the future of their local libraries, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s Public Libraries Funding Program.

 

$2.374m is being invested into Geelong Regional Library Corporation libraries, with $261,327 going to Surf Coast Shire libraries, $80,579 for Queenscliff, $1,613,050 for City of Greater Geelong, $210,000 for Golden Plains Shire, and $209,203 for Colac Otway Shire.

 

As Victorians continue to feel the impacts of the pandemic, libraries across Greater Geelong and the Surf Coast have demonstrated innovation and dedication to communities.

 

The Public Libraries Funding Program provides annual funding for public libraries across Victoria so that they can provide valuable library services. This funding will expand library collections, boost online services and provide library and outreach programs.

 

The Public Libraries Funding Program has been allocated $48.1 million in funding for the 2022-2023 financial year.

 

Since 2015, the Labor Government has invested more than $354 million through the Public Libraries Funding Program.

 

Local libraries are much-loved community facilities in Victoria. Across the state, more than two million library members borrow more than 31 million items from libraries every year.

 

For information on the Public Libraries Funding Program, visit localgovernment.vic.gov.au.

 

Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Melissa Horne

 

“We’re supporting learning and education, and this funding will ensure that libraries can continue to provide accessible and engaging resources to communities across Victoria through the Public Library Funding Program”

 

Quotes attributable to Member for South Barwon Darren Cheeseman

“It’s great to see the Government continuing to support local libraries to deliver high-quality resources for our community through the Public Libraries Funding Program.”

 

“As our community grows, so do their needs. This funding will provide the Geelong and
Surf Coast communities to have improved access to digital technology and resources, literacy
support services, traditional collections, event spaces and workstations.”