Fund­ing for li­braries

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Re­gard­ing Greg Smart’s opin­ion col­umn “Cricket – It’s busi­ness as usual at Aus­tralia’s na­tional sport” [Dubbo Photo News, April 5]:

Well said, Mr Smart. An avid player and fol­lower in my long-ago youth, I stopped pay­ing at­ten­tion when Aus­tralian Cricket be­came (as you say) a Big Busi­ness, all about the money – and win­ning.

Boor­ish be­hav­iour by play­ers on­field, and even worse off, to­gether with the nor­mal­i­sa­tion of sledg­ing, have kept me away.

And I don’t miss it.

HK Whit­ton via email The Edi­tor

NSW La­bor be­lieves that li­braries are at the heart of our com­mu­ni­ties. They help pro­mote life­long learn­ing; pro­vide free ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion, and are ‘hubs’ for peo­ple to meet and en­gage.

La­bor has had a long as­so­ci­a­tion with li­braries in NSW. In 1943, as World War II raged, La­bor Premier Bill Mck­ell pro­claimed the fi­nan­cial pro­vi­sions at the open­ing of the new Pub­lic Li­brary of NSW build­ing to set up our state’s great li­brary sys­tem.

Build­ing on that fine tra­di­tion, last month, NSW La­bor Leader Luke Fo­ley an­nounced that a State La­bor Gov­ern­ment will dou­ble State fund­ing for our pub­lic li­braries if elected in March 2019.

This is be­cause un­der the NSW Lib­er­als and Na­tion­als, there has been no real in­crease in on­go­ing fund­ing for pub­lic li­braries and these vi­tal in­sti­tu­tions have been ne­glected. It has re­mained at $1.85 per capita since 2011.

In its first term, NSW La­bor will dou­ble this to $3.70 per capita.

NSW La­bor will en­sure that this new per capita sub­sidy of $3.70 main­tains its real value into the fu­ture by link­ing it to the Con­sumer Price In­dex.

In ad­di­tion, La­bor will cre­ate a $25 mil­lion Pub­lic Li­brary In­fra­struc­ture Fund for pub­lic li­braries to up­grade their fa­cil­i­ties or pur­chase new equip­ment.

Peter Prim­rose MLC, Shadow Min­is­ter for Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment

Walt Secord MLC, Shadow Min­is­ter for the Arts

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