FOGO a go for Freo

Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

THE Town of East Fre­man­tle will no longer con­trib­ute $200,000 to City of Fre­man­tle for its li­brary ser­vices.

The ar­range­ment was agreed upon as the Town has no pub­lic li­brary and the pay­ment was made to as­sist the City with the op­er­a­tional costs of pro­vid­ing a li­brary.

Fre­man­tle Li­brary cur­rently stores and pro­vides ac­cess to the Town’s lo­cal his­tory, re­sources and coun­cil min­utes dat­ing to 1903.

To the end of the 2016-17 fi­nan­cial year, 724 res­i­dents from East Fre­man­tle were mem­bers of the li­brary, but from April 1 to June 30, 2017, 1125 were mem­bers of City of Melville’s li­braries.

Deputy Mayor Michael McPhail said it was al­ways un­pleas­ant to give an­other or­gan­i­sa­tion less money.

“This ar­range­ment is one of those quirks of his­tory, born from a time when East Fre­man­tle and Fre­man­tle were much more joined at the hip in pro­vid­ing key ser­vices like elec­tric­ity, light­ing and trams,” he said.

“A sin­gle al­lo­ca­tion is not eq­ui­table or re­flec­tive of what our res­i­dents ac­tu­ally value.

“We don’t pro­vide an al­lo­ca­tion to the City of Melville or Western Sub­urbs Li­brary; in­stead, we’d be better off dis­cussing with Fre­man­tle ser­vices that our res­i­dents in­creas­ingly want to use.”

An amend­ment was put for­ward by coun­cil­lor Tony Watkins to change the word­ing to “re­con­sider fur­ther pay­ments” but it was lost.

Cur­rently East Fre­man­tle does not give any other lo­cal gov­ern­ment a fi­nan­cial con­tri­bu­tion to its li­braries.

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