Secret vote could cost hinterland residents mobile library

A SUNSHINE Coast councillor believes thousands of hinterland residents will lose access to mobile library services because the Coast council had chosen to hurt the new Noosa Council.

Coast councillor Tony Wellington, a candidate in this weekend's Noosa Council elections, said yesterday the decision on Tuesday to separate the library services for the remaining Sunshine Coast Council and the de-amalgamated Noosa Council was unnecessary.

A Coast council spokesman said it remained committed to delivering high-quality library services.

In closed session on October 28, councillors backed a separation based on council boundaries with the process to be completed by June next year.

"It was aimed at punishing Noosa. In the end, however, it will not be just Noosa residents but also thousands of Sunshine Coast residents that are impacted," Cr Wellington said.

"Councillors (Russell) Green, (Steve) Robinson, (Greg) Rogerson and myself were the only ones to vote against the move.

"The shared library service is a matter that impacts on all Coast residents, yet this important policy decision was being made in secret with zero community consultation.

"I believe that is wrong.

"It was simply a sad dummy-spit by the Sunshine Coast Council." The council spokesman said the Sunshine Coast Council had three mobile libraries.

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"One of those will go back to Noosa as part of the separation," the spokesman said.

"It will be up to the new Noosa Council to decide how the mobile service provides for its community.

"Sunshine Coast Council's service will also be required to review the schedule of the two mobile libraries it

retains in light of its community's needs."

Community programs portfolio councillor Jenny McKay said a period of readjustment would be necessary for library users.

Cr Wellington said that the shared library service was one aspect of the forced amalgamations that most Coast residents applauded.

"It has benefited every library user on the Sunshine Coast by increasing the overall size of the lending collection," he said.