New page for Byron library
THE Byron Shire Council has ratified a decision to explore the option of establishing an independent library, after the fallout over Lismore’s takeover of the Richmond-Tweed Regional Library continued.
Councillor Richard Staples, a former committee member of the Regional Library, said the council’s preference was for the establishment of a county council to run the regional library but that the council’s fallback position would be to run its own service.
The report, which is being conducted by former Richmond-Tweed Library boss Martin Field, will cost ratepayers $7,350 and will investigate the costs of setting up and r running its own service.
Lismore council announced controversially last year that it would take over the Richmond-Tweed Library and disband the library committee that consisted of councillors from the Ballina, Byron, Lismore and Tweed councils.
It argued the then law meant Lismore was taking all the legal and financial risks of the committee’s decisions.
A new Library Amendment Bill passed by the NSW Government recently, a direct response to Lismore’s takeover of the network, will allow councils to pool their resources and jointly manage the network.