Position on library plan reserved

A DECISION by Ballina Shire Council to support the administrative library model, in which Lismore City Council is in charge, has been rescinded.

At yesterday's meeting, Cr Jeff Johnson put forward a rescission motion, saying it was time to "take stock" of the situation and return to a model similar to the former Richmond Tweed Regional Library (RTRL) structure.

The council had previously voted to support the administrative model.

But it will now "reserve its position" on a preferred model until it receives further information from the State Library and also a report from Byron Shire Council on other possible options.

Cr Robyn Hordern said she was happy with the administrative model.

"There is a lot of misplaced passion for our libraries that has now turned to aggression and I am not comfortable with that," she said.

"We (on the library committee) have read the information from both sides."

Mayor Phillip Silver said it was important to keep all four councils involved.

"I do find it most embarrassing to have councils squabbling," he said. "The library service agreement that Lismore has drawn up is possibly too harsh ... but I want to pay my respects to Lismore for sticking its neck out."

Byron Shire Council has commissioned a report which will investigate other models.

Those findings will be reported to the other RTRL councils, and the Ballina council will also seek advice from the State Library before making a decision on a preferred model.

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