LIBRARIES in Mitchell Shire are almost $300,000 better off, thanks to funding announced last week by the Victorian government.
The shire’s libraries now have $299,530 to buy books, update computers and deliver programs for school children.
‘‘Labor understands the importance of libraries to country Victorians and that’s why we’re continuing to support them with record funding,’’ member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said.
‘‘Country Victorian communities rely on our public libraries, that’s why the Andrews Labor government is doing more than ever to help continue the many wonderful programs and services they provide.’’
On average, just under one in five Victorians visit their local library in Victoria.
The Victorian Budget 2017-18 provided $42.5 million for the Public Libraries Funding Program — a 2.5 per cent increase from last year. The funding comes on top of the $4.5m Living Libraries Infrastructure Program, which provides grants to build, redevelop or refurbish libraries across the state.