RVC Mayor, Cr Ernie Bennett, Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis & Deputy Regional Library Manager, Sylvia Cooling
RVC Mayor, Cr Ernie Bennett, Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis & Deputy Regional Library Manager, Sylvia Cooling Contributed

A new chapter in the life of Casino’s library

A STATE government grant of $177,230 was successfully obtained by Richmond Valley Council under the Library Infrastructure Program to redesign Casino library.

Member for Clarence, Chris Gulaptis welcomed the funding during a recent visit to the library with the Mayor of Richmond Valley Council, Cr Ernie Bennett.

“The NSW Government recognises libraries need to adapt and this program is designed to assist local councils develop and improve buildings and information technology,” he said.

“This redesign involves creating a more modern layout by replacing the shelving and rearranging the furniture into a ‘community living room’ style.

“I congratulate council on its success in securing funding under this program to ensure the library is an accessible and engaging resource.”

In welcoming the funding, Richmond Valley Mayor Ernie Bennett said the Casino Library provided an important service to the communities, through events such as exhibitions, story time for kids, information technology programs for seniors, and stimulating holiday activities for teenagers and the younger members. 

“Libraries are no longer just about books, or databases, or comfortable chairs,” he said.

“Public libraries, like Casino’s, are vibrant community centres, where all users are welcome. 

“The redesign will bring the library up to modern standards, reflecting designs consistent with trends in newer libraries, and will renew its reputation as a much-valued public space for our community.”



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