Library takeover negated
THE legislation that prompted Lismore’s controversial takeover of the Richmond-Tweed Regional Library has been negated after new legislation was introduced by the NSW Government.
According to the Minister for the Arts George Souris, the new legislation stops the need for one council to be responsible for management of the library services and that responsibility can be shared between councils when they run a joint enterprise. The Richmond-Tweed Regional Library included Lismore, Ballina, Byron and Tweed councils.
Originally, the Richmond-Tweed Library was run by a committee with representatives from the four councils but Lismore took over the running last year due to changes in law.
“The Library Amendment Bill 2011 will enable councils which pool their resources for library services to implement joint management arrangements,” Mr Souris said.
“Under the current legislation, one council must be delegated the responsibility for management of regional library services across local government areas.
“Changing this section of the Act will give councils the freedom to use joint accountability and decision making in the provision of library services, if they so choose. The Library Council of NSW fully supports this long overdue change.
“Under the amended Act, the Minister for the Arts will approve alternative arrangements in close consultation with the Library Council of NSW and with the agreement of the Minister for Local Government.”
It’s unclear where the legislation leaves the future of the library and how it will be governed.