The Andrews Labor Government is spending more money than ever before on Victoria’s public libraries.

Member for Werribee Tim Pallas, Member for Altona Jill Hennessy and Member for Tarneit Telmo Languiller today announced library funding for Wyndham City Council to buy books, update computers and deliver programs for school kids.

Wyndham City Council received a total of $1,352,154 to continue to deliver the important library services the community needs.

The Victorian Budget 2017/18 provided $42.5 million for the Public Libraries Funding Program — a 2.5% increase from last year.

The funding comes on top of the $4.5 million Living Libraries Infrastructure Program, which provides grants to build, redevelop or refurbish libraries across the state.

The Labor Government is also providing $4.4 million over four years for the Premiers’ Reading Challenge Book Fund, so public libraries can purchase materials to get more kids reading.

Victoria is home to 275 permanent library branches and 30 mobile library services, with more than 2.1 million library members registered in the state.

On average, just under one in five Victorians visit their local library in Victoria.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins

“The Andrews Labor Government is giving our councils and public libraries the resources they need to continue delivering these important services for Victorian communities.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas

“This record funding for Wyndham’s libraries will continue to provide wonderful programs and much-needed resources for the local community.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Altona Jill Hennessy

“We understand the importance of libraries to Wyndham’s residents and that’s why we’re continuing to support them with record funding.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Telmo Languiller

“Our community relies on our public libraries, that’s why this government is doing more than ever to help continue the many wonderful programs and services they provide.”