Tweed Shire Council has welcomed $200,000 in State funding from the Public Library Infrastructure Grant Program to go towards a project to redesign and expand the Tweed Heads Library.

Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest MP delivered the good news on site last week.

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

“This extension will be enjoyed by our growing community and benefit people of all ages.”

Mayor of Tweed, Councillor Katie Milne said she was “so pleased” that the Tweed Heads Library would be expanding.

“Around 50 per cent of our residents utilise our three libraries and they are all bursting at the seams,” Councillor Milne said.

“It’s a big struggle to fund our libraries but they are one of the most important services that Council provides. Libraries are an investment in the future education of our young people and a wonderful resource for our community ensuring free access for all.

“Libraries are not just places to borrow books nowadays. There are new activities and programs on offer all the time, so please drop in or check out the website to see what’s happening,” she said.

Council’s Director Community and Natural Resources, Tracey Stinson, said Council’s purchase of the three-storey Southern Cross University Tweed Heads Campus building presented a significant opportunity to improve provision of key community and cultural facilities at Tweed Heads, including doubling the size of the library.

“This is a much-loved library, issuing twice the number of items than the State average per year – it’s due for an overhaul and we welcome this contribution from the NSW Government towards that.”

The library will be reconfigured and expanded into the space currently occupied by Council’s Customer Service, the South Sea Islander Room and part of the foyer in the Tweed Heads Civic Centre building, and provide shared community and Council meeting and activity spaces within the former SCU building (now known as the Tweed Heads Administration Building).