Councillor Jeff Johnson.
Councillor Jeff Johnson.

Library dance continues

BALLINA Shire Council is expected to vote at its next ordinary meeting on whether to rescind a motion to give in-principle support to the current library structure, with Lismore City Council in charge.

Last week the council voted 5-4 to confirm that its preferred structure for the operation of the Richmond Tweed Regional Library is the administrative council model.

Councillor Jeff Johnson said the decision was "appalling".

"I am lodging this rescission motion partly because I want the other councils to know that there is division within the Ballina council on this issue," he said.

Cr Johnson will lodge the rescission motion today. It is expected to be signed by councillors Ben Smith and Sharon Cadwallader as well.

But if the model is "not supported by a sufficient number of member councils to ensure the sustainability of the Richmond Tweed Regional Library service, then the council's preferred position is to work towards a shared services model, with the level of in-house and shared services to be determined through further negotiations".



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