Clarence library funding cuts loom

By ADRIAN MILLER

THE Clarence Regional Library Service may be forced to drastically reduce its services because of funding cuts, regional librarian Richard Nichols said.

Mr Nichols said because of the amalgamation of Pristine Waters, Maclean, Grafton and Copmanhurst councils, the funding to the service would be reduced by around $33,000. By factoring in a reduction in the funding which came about from the merger of Ulmarra and Nymboida Shire councils, Mr Nichols said it equated to a funding loss in the region of $45,000 since 2000. He said the library, which serves the Clarence Valley, Nambucca Shire and Bellingen Shire councils, would have to seriously reevaluate its services.

"Unless we can get additional commitments from the councils themselves to funding ... this is going to represent quite a significant loss to us," he said.

He said the funding cut, which will take effect from the 2007/08 financial year, would mean new purchases by the libraries would have to be reduced, which would impact most on retirees and young people.



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