Livingstone Shire’s library victory after new clause

LIVINGSTONE Shire residents will no longer have to pay $100 a year to use Rockhampton's libraries.

The renewal of the service level agreement with the Library Board of Queensland saw a new clause introduced that requires all public libraries to provide a free service to all customers, regardless of residency.

The Rockhampton Regional Council introduced the annual $100 fee when it split with Livingstone after the de-amalgamation vote in March 2013.

Acting Mayor Tony Williams described the decision which now allows non-residents free access to Rockhampton's regional libraries as "a sensible approach".

"This provides a good outcome for everyone," he said. "We have to work with our neighbours and this is a path forward."

Cr Williams said the council would receive extra funding to help cover costs resulting from more people using the region's libraries.

More than 300 non-residents had activated their RRC membership since July 2014.

Anyone wanting to request a partial refund of their non-resident membership fee for the period from July 1, 2014, should write a formal submission to the council's CEO, as per normal refund policy.