Mobile Library consultations set for October
Published on 19 September 2016
Mildura Rural City Council will host community consultations in the coming weeks to discuss the future of library services along the Mallee Track, with the first session to be held in Underbool on Tuesday 4 October.
A recent report presented to Councillors indicated usage of the current mobile library is in decline, while the cost of offering the current service is steadily increasing.
Acting General Manager Community Donna Gardner said Council wants to look at alternative models that will best suit the most remote residents.
“We know our library services are highly valued and that they provide more than just books to the community. They provide important access to technology, internet, magazines and movies, as well as being a place for social interaction,” Ms Gardner said. “But the way people are using their libraries is changing significantly and we need to adapt our services in response to this.
“One issue with the mobile library seems to be timing – it only visits each community for a short, set time each week and if that time isn’t suitable, then people have no other options.”
The community consultations will give people the opportunity to look at the current mobile library service and work together to come up with some ideas to make the service more accessible, as well as more financially viable.
“Many other regional Councils and Shires are changing the way people access library services,” Ms Gardner explained. “Some are moving to smaller permanent libraries, some are utilising community depots or agency arrangements whereby the community run their own libraries on a volunteer basis with support from Council, some are looking at parcel post and home delivery options.
“The important thing to remember is that we’re not going to be removing the library service – we just want to make sure it is meeting the needs of the community. This is an opportunity to possibly introduce a better service than the one currently in place.”
Council will hold four Community Consultation sessions:
Underbool – Tuesday 4 October 2016 at 6pm
Murrayville – Wednesday 12 October 2016 at 6pm
Murrayville Senior Citizens
Ouyen – Tuesday 18 October 2016 at 6pm
Ouyen Service Centre
Walpeup – Tuesday 25 October at 6pm
People who cannot attend the sessions but who wish to have input into the process are encouraged to contact Sue Kelly on (03) 5018 8350 for further information.
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