28 June 2018
Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council mayor Cr Abb McAlister has replicated the comments from Wagga Wagga City Council deputy mayor Cr Dallas Tout, who has criticised the NSW State Government plans to axe funding for public libraries.
Cr Tout is also the President of NSW Public Libraries Association (NSW PLA), representing a network of 368 public libraries across the State said that these new cuts constituted a major blow to library services that were highly valued by local communities.
“These cuts raise significant concerns, the impact of these cuts will mean the loss of services to vulnerable populations in our community.”
“Libraries are the cornerstones to a community, they bring people together, offer a variety of services and are valuable resources for our communities.”
“The funding cuts could see the reduction of opening hours, cuts to programs that the community love, like the popular children’s story times. Reductions in staff numbers, and the services they offer,” Cr McAlister said.
Photo and caption: Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council mayor Cr Abb McAlister has supported the criticism from the President of NSW Public Libraries Association regarding the NSW Government funding cuts to public libraries.