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Funding to develop Barwon libraries

The Bogan Library is one of seven libraries in the Barwon electorate which will receive part of $650,000 under the Public Library Infrastructure grant program.

Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries and Minister for the Arts Don Harwin announced the funding on Thursday.

Mr Humphries said these grants will provide substantial public benefit and significantly improve public library buildings, spaces and information technology for our communities.

He also agreed the libraries formed an important part of the community, providing much more than simply a place to borrow books.

“Libraries are at the heart of our community and are transforming rapidly to meet the challenges of the digital age,” he said.

“Not only are they places to borrow books, but they are also places to read newspapers and magazines, access the internet, to study for school, or to meet up with friends.

“I am thrilled that the NSW government is continuing its strong support for libraries, especially in rural electorates such as Barwon.”

Bogan Shire Council will spend $90,105 to update technology and air-conditioning at Bogan Library.

The project will provide new computer and printing facilities, an e-kiosk and portable acoustic partitions for flexible use of spaces for varied activities.

Minister for the Arts Don Harwin said the NSW government had spent $28.8 million on libraries in the current financial year.

“Public libraries continue to grow and provide access to services that help people at all stages of their lives,” Mr Harwin said.

“The Berejiklian Government is committed to working with councils to enhance library services and facilities across the State.

“It is essential that rural residents have equitable access to services and I am particularly delighted to see grant funding that will assist 30 rural councils in meeting the specific needs of their library users.”

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Nyngan Observer

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