Don't cut library budgets - FAIR keeps up the pressure on WA Government

Friday, 13 March 2015
man in suit cutting through budget sign with scissors

FAIR supporters are continuing to send emails to WA Minister for Culture and Arts, John Day, protesting any potential reduction to the State Library of Western Australia's (SLWA) budget which would have implications for the services it provides to more than 200 public libraries. Thanks for all your support on this important issue.   

In a new development, Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) CEO, Sue McKerracher,  told GovernmentNews that ALIA is examining the impact on WA libraries and councils if the State Government goes ahead with its proposed cuts.

This follows recent leaks to the media that the WA Government is considering cutting SLWA funding which would affect the services it provides to 232 libraries. Many of the suburban and regional libraries rely on books, DVDS and other resources from the State Library.

ALIA CEO Sue McKerracher explained that in some local libraries 80% of their collection is supplied by the State Library and budget cuts would make those libraries unviable.

GovernmentNews also reported that the Chief Executive of the Local Government Association, Ricky Burges, is worried abouty the impact on communities, who react strongly when their libraries are threatened.

Read the story in GovernmentNews - WA's libraries facing financial horror story

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