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2 March 2023

Funding boost to upgrade local libraries

Upgrade for Kingscliff Library and new Mobile Library

Kingscliff Library

Kingscliff Library is set to undergo an upgrade thanks to funding announced by the NSW Government.

Mayor of Tweed Shire Chris Cherry today welcomed an announcement to boost the funding of library services across the region.

Local library services will be boosted with a $995,402 share of $6 million in funding for public libraries across the State as part of the Public Library Infrastructure Grant program announced by the NSW Government today.

Richmond Tweed Regional Library will receive $475,000 toward the replacement of its Mobile Library which services the communities of Lismore, Ballina, Byron, and Tweed local government areas.

Lismore Library will receive $325,427 to replace the shelving, furniture, and equipment that was destroyed in the recent floods, while Kingscliff Library will receive $194,500 for an upgrade to library facilities including a new children’s area, a new study area, a new layout and better service areas.

Cr Cherry said the additional funding would be well received by residents.

“Many of our residents rely on the Mobile Library to get their books each week so to get the funding to replace the service is most welcome and we are grateful for it,” she said.

“Our library at Kingscliff is a vital place of connection for our residents and particularly our families, who will love to hear the upgrade will provide new children’s facilities and study areas.”

NSW Minister for the Arts, Hon Ben Franklin MLC, said: “I am particularly pleased this funding will transform library buildings and spaces for communities all over NSW. Good libraries contribute to community resilience with quality facilities, great collections and access to the internet, and we are pleased to help councils to upgrade these critical services.”

Richmond Tweed Regional Library Manager Lucy Kinsley said the funding announcement showed a real commitment and acknowledgement of the important role public libraries play in our communities.

“We are so excited to be moving forward with these important projects that will enhance library services,” she said.

“Whilst we will see progress relatively quickly with the Kingscliff Library project, the Lismore Library and Mobile Library projects have a way to go before the community sees the result of the funding injection.”

The full funding announcement can be read at www.sl.nsw.gov.au/about-library/media-centre/6m-boost-nsw-public-library-infrastructure

Mobile Library

Richmond Tweed Regional Library will recieve funding to replace its mobile library, which services the region.


Photo 1: Kingscliff Library
Caption: Kingscliff Library is set to undergo an upgrade thanks to funding announced by the NSW Government.

Photo 2: Mobile Library
Caption: Richmond Tweed Regional Library will receive funding to replace its mobile library, which services the region.

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