Member for Kiama Gareth Ward has presented $200,000 funding to Kiama Municipal Council under the New South Wales Government’s 2016-17 Public Libraries Infrastructure Grant program.

Mr Ward joined with the Mayor of Kiama Mark Honey and members of the Gerringong & District Historical Society for the presentation. He said that the grant is part of $4 million worth of funding for 31 public library projects across New South Wales.

“This is a great announcement which will help Kiama Council deliver the 21st century Library the people of Gerringong deserve,” Mr Ward said.

“Libraries are the most popular municipal service. Whether it’s giving year 12 students a quiet place to study, or assisting older Australians look for knowledge and inspiration, libraries provide our community with a wonderful resource to be enjoyed by our entire community.

“Modern libraries have changed in terms of the services they now offer. In addition to the traditional resources, today libraries offer information services, computer classes, meeting spaces and research services.

“Kiama Council should be commended for working with the Commonwealth and State Governments to secure funding that will assist in providing this important local service for the people of Gerringong.

The NSW Minister for the Arts Don Harwin welcomed the funding boost for NSW public libraries.

“The Berejiklian Government is proud to be supporting public libraries and the important work they do in our communities through these grants. This funding allocation brings New South Wales Government support for public libraries in 2016-17 to almost $32.5 million,” Minister Harwin said.

The Public Library Infrastructure Grants program is administered by the State Library of NSW on behalf of the Library Council of New South Wales.