Council shelves service option

CRACKS in management arrangements for the Richmond Tweed Regional Library widened yesterday when the Tweed Shire Council rejected a county council structure for the service.

At its ordinary meeting council agreed it would not be part of the service if it had a county council model.

The model is one of a number being considered by library service partners Lismore City, Ballina Shire, Byron Shire and Tweed Shire councils.

But according to council papers, the councils can't agree which of the options is best for the service and for library users.

Tweed council will continue negotiations with other councils but will hold out for a management option it approves of. In the meantime the council will talk with the Gold Coast City Council about entering a separate joint library arrangement.

"I think our council is still committed to exploring the options for the library and for the four councils to remain intact in the provision of that service," Tweed mayor Barry Longland said.

But Cr Longland said the council had made it clear at a meeting with library partners in February that it did not want the county council model.

"Our view is that that is giving up a lot of control in the provision of library services and we don't think it is in the interests of library users."

But Cr Katie Milne said the decision was premature.

"I think it is a bit premature when we haven't really ascertained the issues that may or may not arise with the county council model as opposed to other models," she said.

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