November 2009: Public libraries in WA are co-funded by councils and the state government. However the state government has slashed its contribution by 40% in 2009-10 compared to 2008-09! No wonder that the report presented to councillors on the "Framework Agreements Between State and Local Governments" by the library manager warns of "The potential for erosion of core services in public libraries."
Colin Barnett and his rotten little co-conspirator Treasurer Troy Buswell really deserve a blast over this. We've got a great library and its staff provide an invaluable service to the community. Yet the state government is happy to watch this crumble away. We have to make a fuss over this and turn it around in the next state budget...spare a thought for library staff trying to make do with less too.