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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 5 Hansard (8 May) . . Page.. 1838 ..

Civic Library strategy

(Question No 637)

Mr Cornwell

asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice:

Further answer to Question on notice No 573, in relation to the Civic Library Strategy:

Why was the $65 000 expended as at 31 December spent on the Erindale Library when this project specifically states - under New Works - 'Civic Library Strategy'.

Why will the remainder of the funds - $435,000 - be spent on works in Belconnen, Griffith, Tuggeranong and Woden if this funding was for the 'Civic Library Strategy'.

What was the original purpose of the 'Civic Library Strategy'.

Why will Civic only receive $48,000 of the $500,000 allocated.

Did the Government mislead the community when it said $500,000 would be spent on the 'Civic Library Strategy' when the funds are actually being spread across libraries in a number of areas, if the Minister does not think this is the case, please explain why this item was listed as 'Civic Library Strategy' instead of something like ACT Library Strategy.

Mr Wood: The answer to the member's questions is as follows:

It is believed Mr Cornwell, when referring to the Civic Library Strategy, is relying on the Department of Urban Services, Capital Works Program, December Quarterly Report. This report had inadvertently named the Libraries Improvement Program as the Civic Library Strategy. The Budget Papers - refer page 190 of revised BP4 - clearly state the $500,000 approved funding is for the Libraries Improvement Program. This program provides funding to address items identified in Condition Audits and include OH&S, fire, air conditioning and disabled access in various libraries, including Erindale.

The Libraries Improvement Program is intended for various libraries.

There was no "Civic Library Strategy"proposed in 2002-2003 however, separate work is being undertaken as part of the Link/Library project which appears as part of the Cultural Facilities Corporation Budget allocation.

Funding to the various libraries has been allocated on a priority basis. Civic Library is located in rented accommodation and was fairly recently refurbished. The amount of $48,000 is sufficient to meet the current needs of Civic Library.

The Government has not misled the community, the Budget Papers clearly state the approved funding was for the Libraries Improvement Program.

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