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Report Recommends Libruary Update
by Cameron Outridge

An independent report has recommended the urgent replacement of the Mobile Library which services the hinterland.

The study by Lunn Consulting was to investigate the Caloundra City Council’s Citywide Library Strategy. Australian and overseas examples were studied.

A preliminary report says the mobile library needs urgent replacement, is highly valued and is critical to the Citywide Library Strategy.

Division One Councillor Pauline Clayton said the report was music to her ears as hinterland councillors had been pushing for the upgrade of the Mobile Library Service for some time.

“I can go to budget supported by Crs Dell Winkler and Anna Grosskreutz to argue for the necessary $500,000 to purchase a new mobile library,’’ she said. “The community confirmed my view that the mobile library should be connected by computer service to council and offer a full information base and whatever city services – i.e. paying rates and dog registration – are possible.

“It did not get a look in at the last budget but now we have a report from an expert – that we employed – saying we must have it.”

The report said the existing mobile library (a converted bus) had been in service 23 years. It travels 250km a week and issues 3500 books a week.

“As far as I’m concerned it’s vital, particularly to areas like the Conondale School,’’ said Cr Clayton. “It’s their library and now, with this report under my arm. I have a big stick to wield at council budget meetings – thank goodness.”

But Cr Clayton warned the preliminary report was not formal. The full report will be presented in March. 

“This was just a preliminary briefing. We’ll get a formal report back to Council in March and that report will hopefully be adopted.  This is the result of nearly 12 months of consultation.’’

Beerwah and Maleny Libraries receive funding
for disabled access.

Libraries will benefit from funding recently announced by the Beattie Labor Government.

State Member for Glasshouse Carolyn Male MP said this week Beerwah Library would be upgraded to provide disabled access at the catalogue stations.

Disabled access to catalogue stations would also be installed at Maleny Library, Carolyn said.  “A new check-in room facility will be built at Maleny Library, too,” she said.

Ms Male said it was great to see access for seniors and people with disabilities being improved at Caloundra City Libraries.

The funding was provided to the Council’s 2002/03 Libraries Facilities Improvement Project under the Local Governing Bodies’ Capital Works Subsidy Scheme.  In all $9000 was provided to Caloundra City Council for upgrading of its libraries.

Our thanks once again to Cameron & Tanya Outridge
of the Range News Newspaper for this story.