Fight for library funding
COFFS Harbour's libraries will be holding a day of action on December 5 as part of the ongoing campaign to stop continued cuts in funding from successive New South Wales governments.
"Over 100 NSW councils have formally resolved to support the NSW Public Library Funding campaign," library manager Enzo Accadia said.
"In the six months between the launch of the campaign and the end of September, over 70,000 NSW residents signed the campaign petition, which were tabled in Parliament, with 3469 of the signatures coming from the Coffs Harbour local government area, which was a fantastic result.
"In addition, councillors also voted to write to local State Member Andrew Fraser and relevant NSW Government ministers asking for reform to the NSW public libraries funding system
"It's good to see that the campaign is having some effect. Earlier this year the State Government announced a $15 million infrastructure public library grant program over four years from 2014 to 2018.
"While this is welcome news, it only reinstates the grant funding program to the level that it was in 2005-06 and is only for those four years."