Partial library closures remain on Byron council's agenda

BRUNSWICK HEADS library is again facing partial closure as Byron Shire Council considers another report into cost-cutting.

Mobile library services in the shire are also under threat in proposed budget savings being considered at today's ordinary meeting.

An initial recommendation by council staff in June to close the Brunswick Heads Library on a Saturday met with pro- tests from residents in the north of the shire and was described by Byron Shire Mayor Simon Richardson at the time as "punitive".

That proposal, put forward by the council's Sustainable Communities Department manager Greg Ironfield was to close the Brunswick Heads library on a Saturday; the Byron Bay Library on a Thursday evening and to reduce spending on new library resources for Byron Bay by $9000.

The library had a temporary reprieve when the council voted against those recommendations and instead requested a new report with alternative cost-cutting ideas to bridge a $65,000 budget shortfall.

Today the council will discuss that new report - which recommends Brunswick Library be closed, this time on a Wednesday from 1pm-5pm.

Other measures recommended in the report are:

  • Decreasing opening hours by one hour across all the shire's libraries;
  • Closing Byron Bay Library on Thursday evenings;
  • A freeze on new collections and other resource purchases;
  • Removing mobile library services at Suffolk Park, Ocean Shores and Federal.

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