North Coast

Maclean Library – Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis welcomed the funding announcement for the Lower Clarence libraries with – Front L-R: Billy Walker – CEO of Yaegl Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation CEO & Louise Tyrie – Maclean Library Assistant & Back L-R: Jane Kreis – CVC Senior Library Officer (Programs), CVC Mayor Jim Simmons & Kathryn Breward – CVC Regional Librarian.

Nationals book bigger, better libraries

Casino Library as well as the three public libraries in the Lower Clarence are set for immediate major upgrades thanks to a near half million dollar cash injection from the Nationals in NSW Government, Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis has announced.

“In the Richmond Valley, our partnership with Council literally continues: last year we delivered a major expansion of Evans Head Library and this year it is Casino’s turn,” Mr Gulaptis said.

The $192,000 grant to Casino Library will see the realisation of the Casino Community Library Courtyard project, including a modern entrance and exterior to create a welcoming atmosphere, a 20 per cent increase in floor space and new informal, relaxed reading areas.

Richmond Valley Mayor Robert Mustow said he was thrilled to see more improvements getting underway at the Casino Library.

“The Casino Library has gone from strength to strength in recent years, with a host of upgrades and improvements introduced for its growing membership,” Cr Mustow said.

“The community loves this facility and it is a vital part of cultural life in Casino.  I’m looking forward to trying the new outdoor reading space – and sampling some bush tucker too.”

Clarence Valley Mayor Jim Simmons said Council was very excited to receive $275,000 funding to refurbish the three libraries that sit on Yaegl Country.

“Yaegl design elements will be incorporated into the upgrade of the buildings. They will also feature new shelving systems, improved technology along with a more comfortable layout,” Cr Simmons said.”

“To ensure the design acknowledges the traditional owners and creates a connection to Country we will be consulting with the Aboriginal community throughout the design phase of this project,” he added.”

Mr Gulaptis insisted libraries remained relevant and that they mattered – especially in regional communities.

“What you can read into this is that libraries aren’t just here to stay, we are making them bigger and better as we must for them to compete with all the digital entertainment most of us now stream into our homes,” Mr Gulaptis said.

“Public libraries provide a lot more than what you can download on your phone.

“This includes local history and current events, a social focus, a learners’ meeting place and the same information access to anyone who cares to join regardless of their income level,” Mr Gulaptis concluded.

Casino Library – Clarence Nationals MP and Richmond Valley Mayor Robert Mustow are surrounded by Casino Library staff – L-R: Sylvia Cooling – Coordinator programs and events,
Tamara Patino – Library Assistant, Sue Bland – Library Assistant (sitting), Gary Ellem – RVC Manager Regional Library, Ngarie Macqueen – Casino Library Coordinator (sitting), Sophie-Rose Hastie – School-based Trainee & Linda Clark – Library Assistant