A total of $200,000 funding has been presented to Kiama council under the state government’s 2016-17 Public Libraries Infrastructure Grant program.
Kiama MP Gareth Ward joined with Kiama Mayor Mark Honey and members of the Gerringong & District Historical Society for the presentation on Wednesday.
The grant is part of $4 million worth of funding for 31 public library projects throughout NSW.
“This is a great announcement which will help Kiama council deliver the 21st century library the people of Gerringong deserve,” Mr Ward said.
“Libraries are the most popular municipal service. Whether it’s giving year 12 students a quiet place to study, or assisting older Australians look for knowledge and inspiration, libraries provide our community with a wonderful resource to be enjoyed by our entire community.
“Modern libraries have changed in terms of the services they now offer. In addition to the traditional resources, today libraries offer information services, computer classes, meeting spaces and research services.”
The NSW Minister for the Arts Don Harwin welcomed the funding boost for NSW public libraries, saying this funding allocation brings state government support for public libraries in 2016-17 to almost $32.5 million.
The Public Library Infrastructure Grants program is administered by the State Library of NSW on behalf of the Library Council of NSW.