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Local libraries share in $1 million for book funding

03 October 2014

The Nationals candidate for Euroa Steph Ryan today welcomed the Victorian Coalition Government’s commitment to supporting local libraries through the $1 million Premiers’ Reading Challenge Book Fund. 

Goulburn Valley Regional Library Corporation, which incorporates library services for Violet Town, Euroa, Nagambie, Avenel, Longwood, Merrigum and Murchison, will receive $26,673 to add new books to its collection in the lead up to next year’s Premiers’ Reading Challenge. 

The High Country Library Corporation, which incorporates library services for Benalla Rural City, will receive $26,673.

 “In my travels throughout the Euroa electorate I have been fortunate to visit some of our fantastic local primary and secondary schools and I have been impressed with the commitment of teachers and students in achieving good education outcomes,” Ms Ryan said.

“Our local libraries provide the opportunity to help young readers improve literacy skills and this boost to library stocks will help encourage more children to read, to read more often and to read more widely.”

Minister for Local Government, Tim Bull said Victorian has a world class public library network and the Victorian Coalition government is intent on improving library services and facilities across the state.

“The four year $4.5 million Premiers’ Reading Challenge Book Fund complements this government’s $17.2 million Living Libraries Infrastructure Fund and the $38.6 million Public Libraries Funding Program, providing record funding to the state’s library network.”

 “The Victorian Coalition Government has supported our local libraries providing $300,000 for an upgrade to the Violet Town Library and $500,000 for the relocation and upgrade of the Benalla Library,” Ms Ryan said.

Victoria’s popular Premiers’ Reading Challenge is supported by former Premiers Ted Baillieu, Steve Bracks, John Brumby, John Cain, Jeff Kennett and Joan Kirner.

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