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Library cash splash across the Upper Hunter

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The NSW Government has dished out a library cash splash across the Upper Hunter this week. 

There's $500,000 for the continuing Quirindi Library project (also received $200,000 from the Federal Government last week), Muswellbrook Library will get $89,000 and the Singleton Library space has been successful in getting $474,439.

NSW Nationals Upper House MP, Sam Farraway said the funding is under the 2020/21 Public Library Infrastructure Grant program.

He was joined by Minister for Education, The Hon. Sarah Mitchell to see the progress of the exciting new library site as well as look at what this extra funding will enable council to do with the space.

“Libraries play a vital role in providing access to information, resources and providing a fun, safe environment for people of all ages to learn, imagine and grow,” he said.

“Our regional libraries are about so much more than books, they are a part of the community and it was great to see the vision of the dedicated library staff for this amazing project, the new Quirindi library is going to be a place for everyone in the community to enjoy, it really will have something for everyone.”

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The grant of $500,000 will enable Liverpool Plains Council to significantly increase the size of the new Quirindi Library, provide a meeting and study area with improved digital capabilities, as well as an outdoor library space.

“The new Public Library Infrastructure Grant program is delivering the economic, infrastructure and lifestyle improvements that make regional NSW a great place to live, work and play,” Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said.

“The NSW Nationals are building a safer, stronger regional NSW and this upgrade to regional libraries will not only create local jobs but will provide the technology in country libraries in line with city libraries.”

Muswellbrook Council will receive $89,000 to refurbish the children’s area of its library and enable the development of an outdoor activity and reading space. Also, new mobile shelving will improve collection display and allow for flexible use of the space.

Singleton Council will receive $474,439 for a significant renovation of the Singleton Public Library, including upgrading its lighting, ceiling, air-conditioning and electricals. This will improve the comfort of Singleton Library and ensure environmental sustainability for the facility.

Image credit: NSW Nationals