BOOKED IN: Cr David Pahlke with plans for the new Rosewood Library.
BOOKED IN: Cr David Pahlke with plans for the new Rosewood Library. David Nielsen

We are an open book on funding for library

I WISH to respond to Steve Franklin's Letter to the Editor (QT 23/10).

Steve was my opponent at the 2008 and 20016 local government elections and I expect him to line up again in 2020 against me.

During the 2016 campaign, it was well known the State Member ably put his support behind Mr Franklin.

Readers may recall the petition and photo of them both, concerning quarry trucks coming from Mt Walker.

Steve also was on the front lines helping Jim Madden get elected to the state.

Steve and Jim: the library was always sitting in our five-year budgets 2018/19 and 2019/2020, and it was planned to have the front doors open by November 2019.

As is always the case, the council applies for a multitude of grants for many of its capital projects leading up to the construction phrase.

This we did here - which is normal. Submissions will go to the State Government for the Springfield Library also.

There must be a state election in the air. The coffers have opened up. I love it.

This state government grant will now subsidise the Rosewood Library to the tune of about 40%.

My sincere thanks to the State Government, as I assume it has ticked all their audit boxes for co-funding.

The original Rosewood Library planned in 1995 was basically a "book place", where Carruthers Solicitors is now in the main street.

This proposed library being built for Rosewood and the Western Corridor is much, much different, and is of district/regional significance. In the past few years, the business case now stacks up big time when we look at the growth now starting to occur.

CR DAVID PAHLKE

Rosewood



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