Mayor calls library cuts low blow
Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent is disappointed by the NSW Government’s decision to slash library funding.
The NSW Government recently announced it will be cutting library funding by 18% which will impact 368 libraries across the state.
Mayor Pynsent said this is a major blow for every community and their residents including the Cessnock Library and Kurri Kurri Library.
“Our libraries are vibrant community hubs and have a very special role in our community. They are not just a service that has great resources, but provide a space where people connect, learn and are entertained.”
“I know in the Cessnock Local Government Area our libraries are thriving. The events, activities and initiatives our libraries offer to residents is diverse. There is something for our youngest residents and oldest residents. This is what makes them such a unique service. They are not focused on one demographic but everyone. Whether it’s NAIDOC Week, Youth Week or Seniors Week, the libraries are involved.”
“As our communities grow the need for improved library services increases. The importance of libraries needs to be recognised and we need to be investing in these spaces that provide an overwhelming positive benefit to the entire community.”
Council is encouraging staff to keep up the good work despite the cuts.