WA Minister for Culture and the Arts responds
Monday, 11 May 2015
FAIR supporters - you've been doing a great job!
Thanks for telling the WA Government that you are opposed to 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.
We have received an email from the WA Minister for Culture and the Arts, John Day, noting that he doesn't support any measures that would result in the closure of public libraries or a reduction in front line service delivery.
Here is the email text:
'Thank you for your email regarding the State Library of Western Australia.
'The Minister for Culture and the Arts, is a strong supporter of the State Library and recognises the important role it plays for students, children and families, academics, and in the maintenance of our cultural heritage.
'The Department of Culture and the Arts is one of a number of Government agencies selected to take part in the Agency Expenditure Review announced by the Treasurer last year. As part of this review the State Library has been investigating a number of options to deliver services more efficiently and effectively.
'The Government does not support any measures that would result in the closure of public libraries or a reduction in front line service delivery.
'I trust this information clarifies the Government’s position regarding this matter.
We are heartened by this response.
The WA budget will be handed down in just a few days time - May 14 - and we'll keep a watching brief on this issue until then.