Ballina against library sale

BALLINA Shire Council yesterday said it would work to make sure Lismore City Council could not sell any of the assets of the Richmond-Tweed Regional Library without the support of all four member councils.

This comes after concerns that library land at Goonellabah could be sold by the Lismore council.

Ballina mayor Phillip Silver presented a last-minute mayoral motion at yesterday’s meeting.

He said it was a ‘matter of urgency’ that residents knew the council was still committed to providing a good library service.

The motion was also an opportunity to thank former RTRL director Martin Field.

But Cr Robyn Hordern, who is on the library committee, rejected suggestions that Lismore City Council was ‘taking over’.

“We were not ambushed, we were not attacked, we were not surprised,” she said.

“I think it’s all been done above board.”

Cr Keith Johnson agreed that a ‘combative approach’ should be avoided.

Cr Sue Meehan hoped the council could assure people the high standard at the library would remain.

“We are right behind it,” she said.

Debate also continued about the shared coastal pathway.

Cr Jeff Johnson wanted the council to adopt the route recommended by GHD, which would follow The Coast Road between Flat Rock and the Pat Morton lookout.

He said a sealed pathway along the coast was ‘irresponsible’.

But Cr Peter Moore said councillors should not ‘alienate’ each other on the issue.

Cr Alan Brown said they should concentrate on their preferred route as close to the coast as possible.

“There’s no benefit to anyone by putting it on the roadway,” he said.

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