David Stuart

Man caught twice accessing online porn at council library

FILTERS to block R-rated material will be installed on council library computers across the Northern Rivers after a Tweed councillor expressed concerns about people viewing pornography online. 

Cr Carolyn Byrne's move to have a filter installed was prompted by a man being caught twice at Murwillumbah Library accessing explicit porn in view of other library users including children in February.

When the man was asked to leave he became aggressive and staff called police before the man voluntarily left the library.

But he is not the only person caught using council libraries for such purposes.

Cr Byrne said if such explicit material was available on the council's library shelves there would be a public outcry so it was appropriate that R-rated and unclassified material was blocked.

She said the council's administration staff also had filters installed on their computers as did many major companies. 
The matter was originally scheduled to come before Thursday night's Tweed Council meeting.

But it was dropped from the schedule after Cr Byrne took the matter before a Richmond-Tweed Regional Library meeting instead last Friday.

There, the majority of council representatives supported  filters being installed across all computers in council owned libraries in the Northern Rivers.

It will collectively cost $1,500 and the filter will be installed as soon as possible and operated by Lismore City Council.

"It's a small cost to protect the innocence of our users," Cr Byrne said.

"I don't see it as censorship I see it as being responsible."

She has asked for a report to come back to the next library meeting to determine whether the filter was "too much or not enough".



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