Pledge your support for the Renew Our Libraries Campaign
Published on 27 August 2018
The City of Ryde has joined other local governments in NSW to call for a doubling in State Government funding to resolve a shortfall that threatens the long-term viability of local public libraries.
The ‘Renew Our Libraries’ campaign is a major grassroots push to deliver a sustainable funding model after the NSW Government reduced funding in its recent Budget.
“Every year local councils like Ryde contribute more than $314 million to support over 360 libraries while the NSW Government provides just $23.5 million in recurrent funding, and its time the NSW Government paid its fair share,” City of Ryde Mayor, Clr Jerome Laxale, said.
“This is an unfair burden for Ryde to shoulder. At around 7.8% of total funding, the NSW contribution to libraries is the lowest in Australia, far behind Victoria (18%) and Queensland (12%) – it’s time the NSW Government paid it fair share.”
Members of the community who want to support the ‘Renew Our Libraries’ campaign can become involved by signing a petition at www.renewourlibraries.com.au
Since the campaign was launched, the NSW Government has committed a further $60 million to NSW public libraries. While this is welcomed, more needs to be done particularly around the current funding model.
‘Renew Our Libraries’ arose from the 2017 Local Government NSW Conference, where NSW councils unanimously resolved to advocate for improved NSW Government funding to enable public libraries to meet the growing needs of local communities and to raise public awareness of the multiple roles public libraries play in supporting the educational, social, cultural and economic outcomes in local communities.