Li­brary fu­ture in doubt

Kalamunda Reporter - - News -

CITY of Swan coun­cil­lors last week voted 10-3 for staff to pre­pare a plan for the clo­sure of Guild­ford Li­brary.

The mo­tion, put for­ward by Cr David Fardig, re­ceived sig­nif­i­cant op­po­si­tion and led to the for­ma­tion of the Save Guild­ford Li­brary group.

The mo­tion re­quested that a re­port be pre­pared for coun­cil to con­sider al­ter­na­tive uses for the fa­cil­ity if it was to be closed and in­clude dis­cus­sion on the cur­rent and fu­ture vi­sion for li­braries in the City.

Cr Fardig said twice as much money was be­ing spent on Guild­ford Li­brary as other li­braries in the City.

He said clos­ing the li­brary was a re­al­is­tic op­tion, but the re­port would look at the sus­tain­abil­ity of the li­brary.

Cr David McDon­nell said the mo­tion showed good gov­er­nance.

He said it iden­ti­fied the prob­lem and moved a mo­tion to in­ves­ti­gate its fea­si­bil­ity and po­ten­tial fu­ture uses.

“We are not clos­ing the li­brary to­day,” he said.

Cr Ian John­son said the li­brary had opened in 1865.

“If we close this li­brary be­cause it is do­ing the worst of all the li­braries, then what will be the next to close when it doesn’t per­form as well as other li­braries?” he said.

Cr Mark El­liott also spoke against the mo­tion.

He said the mo­tion placed what should be the last op­tion of clos­ing the li­brary first and be­lieved the is­sues pre­sented could be bet­ter ad­dressed.

Cr Daniel Parasil­iti said he did not sup­port the clo­sure of the li­brary but sup­ported a re­port into how to main­tain it and re­vi­talise it.

Mayor Mick Wain­wright also sup­ported the mo­tion.

“What the mo­tion does do is con­front the ele­phant in the room on the fu­ture of the li­brary and that’s im­por­tant, it doesn’t say we have to close it but gives us op­tions on where we are go­ing to go,” he said.

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