is asking local library lovers to join a statewide call to stop the ongoing
reduction in funding from successive NSW State Governments and protect the
future of their library.
Libraries are often the most well-used and
valued public facilities in the community, but the ability of Shoalhaven City
Council to maintain service levels at Shoalhaven Libraries may be at risk due
to deteriorating State funding, according to Mayor, Joanna Gash.
“Expenditure on public libraries from the
state has decreased as a proportion of total public library expenditure from
23% in 1980 to only 7% in 2013. This has and will continue to impact on the
ability of local libraries to meet the needs of their communities” Clr Gash
This is an historic issue that has now
reached a crisis point.
The library is seeking the support of all
library lovers in the Shoalhaven. They
need as many signatures as possible on a petition requesting increased and
sustainable library funding to be tabled in the Lower House of the State
Government. (These petitions are at all Shoalhaven local public libraries).
The library also wants to identify local
library champions to assist them in the state-wide campaign to highlight the
funding crisis and the need for a more sustainable funding model for public
libraries from the state government.
For enquiries, contact Sarah Taylor, Library
Services Manager on 4429 3702.