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West Gippsland Regional Library Corporation becomes not-for-profit organisation in Bass Coast Shire

Council working with West Gippsland Regional Library Corporation on the proposed transition to ensure the required governance changes do not affect the important service and to meet the needs and expectations of the growing community.

By news@gippsland - 22nd July 2021 - Back to News

Bass Coast Shire Council has formally endorsed the transition of West Gippsland Regional Library Corporation (WGRLC) to a not-for-profit organisation. This recommended change will not impact services or the support Council provides, but will help prepare for changes prompted by the removal of Library Corporations from the Local Government Act 2020.

Libraries have a particularly important role to play, both in promoting general wellbeing, and as part of a support package to people struggling with poor mental health, providing safe spaces, access to resources, and developing skills

Libraries have a particularly important role to play, both in promoting general wellbeing, and as part of a support package to people struggling with poor mental health, providing safe spaces, access to resources, and developing skills

Access to greater opportunities

Under the Local Government Act 2020, Councils are now required to establish Not-For-Profit entities. The change provides benefits to how libraries are operated, including access to greater opportunities such as philanthropic donations, private sector funding and innovation. This enables a strong sense of independence, whilst limiting the financial risks often faced by Councils.

Bass Coast, along with South Gippsland and Baw Baw Shire Councils make up the membership of WGRLC and all three member Councils must adopt the same resolution in order for the transition to occur. South Gippsland Shire Council made their decision this week, whilst Baw Baw Shire Council will consider their decision next week.

Recognised as industry leaders in the library sector across the state, WGRLC delivers innovative library services to Bass Coast, Baw Baw and South Gippsland communities. According to a Victorian Auditor Generals Office report, WGRLC is ranked in the top third for all library services across Victoria in both core library services, programs and events.

Meeting the community needs and expectations

Council has been working with WGRLC on the proposed transition to ensure the required governance changes do not affect the important service. Benefits from the proposed changes include:

  • Partnering with organisations to deliver additional community focused and specialised library services that a community is seeking, while realising efficiencies through shared library services with other Councils
  • Pursuing philanthropic opportunities for fundraising, sponsorship, donations and bequests, which support long-term financially sustainability

Bass Coast Shire Mayor, Cr Brett Tessari said that innovation is key to ensuring WGRLC meets the needs and expectations of the growing community.

Libraries as vital part of the towns

Cr Tessari said, "Our libraries are a really important asset for our communities and are a vital part of the social fabric of our towns, if all three member councils vote in favour of this transition, it will enable WGRLC to continue to provide these amazing benefits to our communities, and beyond."

The most important thing to note about the transition is that it wont change anything for our library users. They will continue to experience all that they love about the service," Cr Tessari concluded.

Pictures from West Gippsland Libraries Facebook page.


Source: www.gippsland.com

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