Living Libraries Infrastructure Program | Constituency Question

Ms VAGHELA (Western Metropolitan) (12:40): My constituency question is directed to the Minister for Local Government, Minister for Suburban Development and Minister for Veterans, the Honourable Shaun Leane.

My question relates to the portfolio responsibilities for local government. The Living Libraries Infrastructure program is an important opportunity, expanded by the Andrews Labor government, to enable public libraries to continue to support communities to rebuild after the COVID-19 pandemic.

A funding round of $10 million is currently open for councils and regional library corporations to apply for.

My question to the minister is: can the minister update me on how the Living Libraries initiative continues to benefit residents of the Western Metropolitan Region?

Libraries have been a herculean support throughout the pandemic. An astounding 20,000 new members joined their local library during the first lockdown.

The Andrews Labor government commitment ensures that this project will deliver lifelong learning, health and wellbeing to meet the needs of expanding and growing communities while being a boost to the state’s infrastructure development.