Closure of Bulahdelah Library discussed at meeting

Volunteer librarian Beatrice Weeks with young reader Jack Dexter.
Volunteer librarian Beatrice Weeks with young reader Jack Dexter.

 

MIDCOAST Council representatives recently met with members of the community to discuss the future of Bulahdelah Library.

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Library Services Manager Chris Jones indicated that council would be closing the library, which is staffed mainly by community volunteers.

“Borrowing rates from Bulahdelah are the lowest in the MidCoast area,” Mr Jones said.

“We need to find an alternative, we cannot see a future in a low use facility.”

Mr Jones said he hoped that at least some library services, which could include a drop off point for books, would be retained.

MidCoast Community Liaison Officer Tracey Farrant led a discussion to identify issues the loss of the library service would create.

Fairness, accessibility, the need for better promotion of services and the need for whole community consultation were some of the concerns raised.

Some community members also indicated they had restricted licenses and could not drive to other libraries in the region.

Long time library volunteer Mrs Dianne Burns said the facility is utilised by people of all ages.

“The loss of the service would disadvantage many people, including the elderly who like to come in and read,” she said.

“They regularly use the library to access books, newspapers, magazines and use the internet.”

Bulahdelah Chamber of Commerce Vice-President Kevin Carter outlined a proposal where the library service could be expanded by moving it to the Rural Transaction Centre at minimal cost to Council.

The proposal will be forwarded to MidCoast Council for consideration.

 

By John SAHYOUN

 

Volunteer librarian Beatrice Weeks assists Carol Tattersall at Bulahdelah Library.
Volunteer librarian Beatrice Weeks assists Carol Tattersall at Bulahdelah Library.

 

: Ashley Dexter, MidCoast Community Liaison Officer Tracey Farrant, Ruth Butler, Dianne Burns and Chamber of Commerce Vice-President Kevin Carter discuss the closure of the library.
: Ashley Dexter, MidCoast Community Liaison Officer Tracey Farrant, Ruth Butler, Dianne Burns and Chamber of Commerce Vice-President Kevin Carter discuss the closure of the library.

 

 

Ashley Dexter uses the computer at Bulahdelah Library.
Ashley Dexter uses the computer at Bulahdelah Library.

 

Bulahdelah Library is located in the CWA Building in Wade Park.
Bulahdelah Library is located in the CWA Building in Wade Park.

 

Bulahdelah Library is staff by volunteers.
Bulahdelah Library is staff by volunteers.

One thought on “Closure of Bulahdelah Library discussed at meeting

  1. How much does the library cost the Council to run. All the staff at the Bulahdelah Library are volunteers. So they can not afford 6 1/2 hour of electricity a week! Sad. They wonder why small towns are dying!

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