More Funding For Port Macquarie Library

More Funding For Port Macquarie Library

Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams has today announced that Port Macquarie Library is set to receive even more funding thanks to the O’Farrell/Stoner Government.

The Library which is run by Port Macquarie-Hastings Council has been granted with an additional $86,972 on top of its normal State Government allocation.

“The funding will enable the development of an innovative technology and creative space for digital audio and video editing facilities,” Mrs Williams said.

“I think this is an interesting project and is very creative.

“Our local library staff do a wonderful job which is reflected by the popularity of the library and the services they offer, Mrs Williams said.

“I must say I am a therefore a little perplexed that Mayor Peter Besseling is now saying “State Government funding has fallen dramatically in recent years”, yet my records show they have actually increased significantly.

“In the last year that Mr Bessling was the local member, the funding for the library was $190,714, this year under a Liberals/Nationals Government the funding for our library is a record $296,876.

“If that is not a dramatic increase then I don’t know what is,” Mrs Williams said.

“Despite meeting with Mayor Besseling on a least six separate occasions over the past 12 months, he has failed to mention library funding once.

“If he seriously concerned, I would have thought the first thing to do is to raise the matter with me.

“As usual my door is open and I will always go into bat for additional funding for the Port Macquarie electorate, but I think the Mayor is totally wrong to think the State Government isn’t funding the library adequately,” Mrs Williams said.

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