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Lismore City Council: Save Goonellabah Public Library from closure

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For 20 years Goonellabah Public Library, a branch of Richmond-Tweed Regional Library, has provided a vital library service to the residents of Goonellabah and surrounds.
Since being opened in 1993 by the Governor General, Mr Bill Hayden, the library has grown from strength to strength providing access to library materials (fiction books, non-fiction books, reference, magazines, DVDs, CDs, jigsaw puzzles, multimedia kits and more)
Goonellabah Public Library provides access to computer services for FREE for patrons who may not be in a position to access online resources. Without this highly popular service many residents would have little or no access to the internet, document programs, RTA driver training practice, research for homework (there are two high schools and three primary schools closer to Goonellabah Public Library than the City Library who depend upon the service for out-of-school hours research), and other online programs.
Goonellabah Public Library is perfectly situated to provide access to a library for a large number of indigenous residents and their children.
The children's section draws many parents as the library is on ground level and perfect for wheelchair and pram accessibility. Many patrons have mentioned that is why they choose to go to Goonellabah Public Library.
The children's section, weekly storytime sessions and Baby Bounce sessions provide much needed literacy skills and the development of a love of reading amongst many Goonellabah families. Pressure of a low socio-economic threshold of a large section of Goonellabah residents prevents access to transport for many in the suburb stopping these families from venturing down to Lismore City Library. Closure of Goonellabah Public Library would further increase demand on services and defeat the purpose of the closure through shifting responsibility to other organisations within Council.
Lismore City Council has utilised the library staff when the Goonellabah Community Centre Manager is absent, with no monetary remuneration, for the past 20 years to open meeting rooms, provide information about the Goonellabah Community Centre (in which the library has a suite), liaise with tradespersons who service the Centre, collect and deliver keys and many other daily tasks. Should the Council-paid library staff member be removed, the hours of the Community Centre Manager (paid by Lismore City Council) would have to be increased dramatically, perhaps even made full-time, which will push Council costs up again.


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