• Runaway Bay Library

    Libraries funded for the future

    Families in Broadwater can rely on their local library to continue and improve its services after the State delivered $68.4 million funding to 319 public libraries.

    Verity Barton MP, State Member for Broadwater said the funding, including $1,992,849 for Gold Coast City Council, would ensure Queensland’s public libraries would retain their lead as innovative, social and virtual learning spaces.

    “Even though we inherited a huge debt, the Newman Government has continued to prioritise what is important to Broadwater families,” Miss Barton said.

    “Libraries are the cornerstones of lifelong learning throughout the state and this money will support public libraries in 72 councils across Queensland.”

    Arts Minister Ian Walker said the funding would help to develop high-quality library collections electronically, as well as in print, across many genres.

    “Libraries can apply to spend up to 50 per cent of the grant in any year on a priority project such as redesigning library spaces or to foster the library’s role as a technology centre for all,” Mr Walker said.
    “We’re working with councils around the state to help develop the best libraries to suit local needs.

    “Supporting our public libraries is part of the State Government’s drive to provide arts for all Queenslanders.”

    Mr Walker said the public library grants were calculated based on populations, with a number of weightings applied for population age, growth rate and location.