The latest Gold Coast budget has seen over $25 million allocated to community libraries, following a huge survey that found people were strongly supportive of more investment in the region's libraries and community centres.
This is great news for residents of Surfers Paradise property – not only because the development of libraries is a fantastic infrastructure investment for the area, but it highlights the strength of community feedback across the region.
Gold Coast mayor Tom Tate said the 13 libraries, mobile services, special needs and local studies facilities provide around one million items to 255,000 members – just under half the Gold Coast's population – with more than 8,000 people visiting a library each and every day.
"With the rise of eBook readers and more people using the web, there is a misconception that libraries are becoming out-dated. The opposite is true. More and more people are valuing and using our libraries, and the services they provide are more than book borrowing. Our libraries are contemporary, high-tech, thriving community focal points," said Mr Tate in a 24 June statement.
This funding is a great step forward for the future development of the Gold Coast region, with thousands being positively affected everyday by the economic injection.