Heath Henwood is disappointed with RCC's decision to charge Livingstone Shire residents $100 to access the Rockhampton Library. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Heath Henwood is disappointed with RCC's decision to charge Livingstone Shire residents $100 to access the Rockhampton Library. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

Residents pay now for library, not Livingstone Shire Council

IS $2 A week too much for Livingstone residents to pay for full use of Rockhampton's library facilities?

Rockhampton Region Mayor Margaret Strelow doesn't think so.

She said Livingstone residents would have access to Rockhampton's libraries next year for a $100 annual fee.

Not everyone agrees with the charge. There are concerns pensioners in particular would find the extra charge a burden on already-stretched budgets.

Do you think $100 per year per person is too much to pay to access Rockhampton libraries?

This poll ended on 27 December 2013.

Current Results

Yes

48%

No

51%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

 

Cr Strelow said the real cost was about $120 for each member and she was sure an arrangement could be made for low-income earners to pay the $100 fee incrementally.

Yeppoon's Heath Henwood has been a library member for 11 years and said the $100 fee was a bit over the top.

"It's a bit rich… I understand the need to recover some of their costs but I think it's a bit of payback for Livingstone going its own way," he said.

"Particularly seeing as there was a partnership before de-amalgamation… we could request and borrow books at no cost. What the $100 cost covers or how it's made up isn't explained."

But Cr Strelow said there was misunderstanding about the previous arrangement.

"All libraries do inter-library loans.

"Before amalgamation, Livingstone paid a bulk amount that allowed residents to become members," she said.

"They paid us… it was a sweetheart deal, but now we've reverted to normal arrangements, similar to what we had with Fitzroy and Mt Morgan. Since residents of the Livingstone area won't be contributing to costs incurred by their use of our libraries through rates, their costs will be covered by a membership fee."



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