$132,000 grant for mobile library van confirmed
THE NSW Government has confirmed $132,000 funding for a new van for a controversial mobile library service for outlying areas of the Clarence Valley.
Clarence Valley Council recently voted to continue its mobile library service even though the vehicle used had reached its use-by date and some councillors thought the time had come to move to a fully digital service.
The promise of the State Government grant, which could be used to buy a new van, cutting the number of visits and implementing an education program to transition users to a digital service swayed councillors to vote to continue the service.
The Member for Clarence, Chris Gulaptis said the $132,000 NSW Government grant will help the Valley’s remote library subscribers into the digital age while maintaining access to services.
He said the Government recognised the need for libraries to adapt to changing technologies and designed funding assistance to help councils and libraries move with the times.
“The vehicle the council currently uses for its mobile library has reached the end of its life and I’m pleased the Government has been able to help with a new vehicle,” he said.
“It will be a much more cost efficient service than it has been in the past, and over the next few years library staff will train users of the mobile service in how to use and get the most out of digital services.”
Clarence Valley Mayor, Richie Williamson, said the grant was invaluable.
“At a time when council is looking at cutting costs in order to improve its long-term financial sustainability, it was questionable whether we could have continued to provide the existing mobile service,” he said.
“The funding for a new vehicle means we can continue to provide mobile library services while training people for the future.
“It could not have come at a better time.”