Wentworth Shire looks at library funds pitch

WENTWORTH Shire Council may back a campaign demanding more funding for NSW public libraries before the state election on March 23. 

A report to go before tomorrow’s council meeting recommends councillors endorse the Renew Our Libraries strategy by the NSW Public Libraries Association and Local Government NSW and launch the campaign ­locally. 

The report warned state funding for NSW public libraries had reached a “crisis point”, with NSW councils forced to fund 92.5 per cent of costs to operate public libraries, up from 77 per cent in 1980. 

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