Reinstate our 25,000 books slashed from Redbank Plains Library

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Locals are shocked and saddened to discover that our local library at Redbank Plains, in the suburb of Ipswich has had its catalogue slashed from 27,000 items to a meagre 2,000 items to accommodate a new state of the art library in Central Springfield. The change will reduce the number of items on the shelves at Redbank Plains to less than a mobile library. Whilst residents are happy for Springfield to have a library, they feel that the decision to minimize the library stock and floorspace at Redbank Plains Library has come about without consultation or notification from council and at the expense of our community.

 The library has served our community for over 30 years and was paid for by rate-payers. In our area we have four high schools,six primary schools, a special needs school, kindergartens, mother's groups as well as 3 retirement villages all of whom enjoy making use of Redbank Plains Library. It is a community hub where people meet to read but also avail of Children's Storytime, Rhythm and Rhyme Time, Internet Courses for Seniors, as well as school kids holiday programmes. Since the changes occurred, such programmes are no longer available in our area but have been centralized up in Ipswich, which is half an hour away for some families.