Chief Minister Gallagher is praising the generosity (*cough*) of the Library users who chose to donate 3,500 kg of food over christmas in lieu of their fines:
“A total of 8,084 items were donated through Libraries ACT’s nine branches, with three of the libraries – Dickson, Gungahlin and Woden – each having well over 1,000 items donated,” the Chief Minister said.
“This beats last year’s total of 7,400 food items.
“I would like to thank the community for once again supporting this important initiative and for helping to make Christmas a little brighter for Canberrans in need,” the Chief Minister said.
The campaign encouraged library members to donate tins or packets of non-perishable food in exchange for fines being removed from their membership record. One tin or packet of non-perishable food equalled $2 worth of fines.
All the food was donated to OzHarvest Canberra which provides food to more than 55 charities in Canberra and Queanbeyan.
A warm fuzzy and money off the fine. No mention of the value of the donated goods.