Council considers library funding

Shellharbour City councillors will meet on Tuesday night to vote on a strategy to help reverse the council's poor record on library investment.

In the 2012-13 financial year, Shellharbour City Council's per capita investment in its library services was $28.08 - less than half that of neighbouring Kiama Municipal Council ($60.21).

Shellharbour's per capita investment was also well below Wollongong ($51.63) and the state average ($45.19).

Compared with similar councils in NSW, Shellharbour ranked 96 out of 99 in the per capita investment stakes.

Under the proposed strategy, the main contributor towards lifting the council's per capita investment in libraries will be the new city library and museum, which will be contained within the new City Hub.

However, council general manager Michael Willis said the council was also committed to having new or upgraded branch libraries by 2024. This includes the Oak Flats Library being renewed in 2015 and the Warilla Library redeveloped on the current site or nearby in 2017 depending on the potential sale.

The strategy attracted nine submissions, eight demanding the Warilla Library remain on its current site.

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