Tuesday, 23 February 2016
Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, left, Library Manager Sally Walters, Mayor Katrina Humphries and General Manager Lester Rogers in the library yesterday. Photo courtesy of Moree Champion.
MEMBER for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall has today announced a State Government grant of $200,000 to create a new IT space at the Moree Plains Shire Library.
Mr Marshall met with library staff and Moree Plains Shire Mayor Katrina Humphries and General Manager Lester Rogers yesterday afternoon to deliver the good news and discuss the plans for the upgrade.
“The Moree Plains Shire Library plays a very important role in the community and the need for the library to adapt to changing uses is well understood,” Mr Marshall said.
“This funding will assist Moree Plains Shire Council develop and improve the existing building and the information technology.
“The new IT space will include quiet study spaces and furniture that will allow flexible use of areas within the library. This vibrant and accessible area will be enjoyed by the Moree community and benefit people of all ages.
“I commend council on its initiative, which will ensure the library continues to be an engaging resource for the community.”
Mr Marshall said the state government had a strong track record of delivering for public libraries and has invested more than $27.5 million in 2015/16 to meet the growing and varied needs of communities.
“This new program has improved library services across the state and I’m delighted the Moree residents will be the beneficiaries of this round of funding,” he said.
The Public Library Infrastructure Grant program will allocate $15 million over four years to enhance library services and facilities and is administered by the State Library on behalf of the NSW Government.
Library Manager Sally Walters said the library was continually evolving to meet the needs of the community.
“We’re excited to be able to continue on this journey with assistance from this grant,” Ms Walters said.
“A modern library service consists not only of books on shelves; it also provides access to vibrant and engaging spaces for people.
“This funding will enable the library to develop collaborative study spaces, an e-zone, a new customer service desk and flexible floor space within the library.”